Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Abdul Razzaq, Rana Naved-ul-Hasan Called for Lift Ban on ICL Players

Conflict between Indian Cricket League (ICL) and BCCI still continues and no body knows when it will come to an end. ICL players are currently banned from representing their countries in international cricket as well as domestic cricket in their respective countries. Recently, two Pakistani players: Abdul Razzaq and Rana Naved-ul-Hasan, who have contracts with ICL, have asked Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to lift the ban imposed on the Pakistani players who are currently banned from international cricket due to their contracts with rebel Indian Cricket League (ICL).

Earlier, reports came in the media that star Pakistani batsman Mohammad Yousuf had informed PCB about his desire to play for Pakistan once again and the reports also suggested that he was ready to terminate his contract with Indian Cricket League (ICL). No doubt, it is a tensed situation for not only the Pakistani ICL players but also for all the ICL players. I do not know when this issues will be resolved, but one thing is certain that the issues of lifting the ban on ICL players are gaining more grounds day by day.

Personally, I think that this is unethical to ban somebody from at least domestic cricket because no cricket board has the right to ban the cricketers from domestic cricket just because of their involvement in an unauthorized cricket league. A ban could come from a domestic club if the club officials believe that a player’s involvement in an unauthorized cricket is hampering the performance of the cricketer for the club. By imposing a ban from domestic cricket on ICL players, the cricket boards are illegally influencing the player’s profession. I think, this is high time to resolve the matter and bring about an effective and lawful solution on this regard.

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Reuters

Monday, March 30, 2009

Andrew Strauss: Successful Return to One-Day Cricket

Andrew Strauss had played his last ODI match way back in 2007 ICC World Cup in West Indies before coming to lead England against West Indies in the first of the five-match ODI series. No doubt, his recall to the ODI squad came thanks to his England captaincy and now I must say that Strauss deserved the recall. Specially after his matching winning 79 off 61 in the fourth ODI justified his recall in the limited over cricket.

Andrew Strauss was handed over the England captaincy following the resignation of former captain Kevin Pietersen in the wake of his clash with sacked coach Peter Moors. Until he became England captain, Strauss had regularly been playing in test cricket. After 2007 world cup, Strauss was dropped from ODI squad, and did not receive a recall for about 2 years despite his consistent performance in test cricket.

Yesterday, England was handed a revised target of 122 runs from 20 overs due to rain, after West Indies put on 239 runs losing 9 wickets in their allotted 50 overs. However, excellent power batting display from Andrew Strauss guided England towards the winning target, losing only 1 wicket and England clinched the victory with 9 balls in hands. Strauss even hit an excellent century in the second ODI that England lost only by 21 runs.

During his 79-run unbeaten innings, Strauss hit 9 boundaries and an over-boundary. No doubt, the way he batted yesterday was a stark contrast to his typical batting. After being named as England captain in all forms of cricket, there were many who were skeptical about his performance in limited over cricket. Now, it seems that he has proven all his critics wrong and he is pretty much capable of cementing a regular place in the ODI and Twenty20 squad thanks to his batting performance, not for captaincy.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

John Buchanan’s Idea of Having Multiple Captains and Some Points

The idea of having several captains in a team has now been a topic of heated conversation in world cricket. Recently, John Buchanan, the current coach of IPL franchise Kolkata Knight Riders, has came up with the idea of having no fixed captain for Kolkata Knight Riders during the upcoming IPL 2009 tournament which kicks off from 18 April 2009. Last season, Sourav Ganguly led Kolkata in IPL.

There are many who do not think that it could be a good idea to feature a number of captains for a team, while you can find people who are in favor of this idea. Ric Charlesworth, who led Australian women’s hockey team to win two Olympic gold medals in 1996 and 2000, first came up with this concept of having several captains in a team and he even tried to put forward his idea to New Zealand cricket team while working as the high performance manager of New Zealand team.

Charlesworth believes that the idea of having a number of captains for a team at a time helps the players to grow the mentality of taking responsibility and it would could lessen the pressure of a fixed captain.

Well, Charlesworth and Buchanan may have their own set of ideas about leadership, but I do not think that it could be conducive for a team with having a number of leaders at a time. Everybody has their own set of ideas and ethics and when it comes to leadership, it can not be good to have different set of ideas being invoked in the same team simultaneously. A captain must have his own style of leadership which lets the players know about their role on the team and what the captain wants from him. A team can not bring out success while coping with several set of ideas and thoughts.

Moreover, with several captains, the younger members of a team could be confused about whom they should follow to. I think, the idea of having several leaders could lead to a number of fractions in the team as far as I am concerned about human nature. It could create ego conflict among the senior players and personality clash is most likely to happen. Overall, I am not in favor of this idea and I think, having a single captain is the most favorite idea, but what a team can do is to create future leadership by resting regular captain for the unimportant matches where the vice captain can come in to lead the team. For example, when a team already makes it to the next stage with some matches left in hand, the team can rest the regular captains and gave chances to vice captains.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

West Indies Thrashed England by 8 Wickets in the 3rd ODI

West Indies clinched an emphatic victory over England in the third ODI of the five-match ODI series. Due to rain, 44 overs were allocated for each side and batting first, England got all out only for 117 with 15 balls in hands. Highest 36 runs came from Dimitri Mascarenhas. Dwayne Bravo picked up 4 wickets, while Fidel Edwards and Kieron Pollard got 3 and 2 wickets respectively. The match was over after England innings, but it was Chris Gayle who provided the home fans with some entertaining batting display in an unexcited match. Gayle played a fiery innings of 80 runs from 43 balls, hitting 5 boundaries and 8 over-boundaries. Despite his hard-hitting batting show, Bravo was awarded the man of the match award because of his match winning bowling performance.

With this victory, West Indies took 2-1 lead in the ODI series and the home side needs just one more victory to win the series. Now, let us see if England can bounce back in the series and win the series.

Friday, March 27, 2009

India Struggling against New Zealand in the Second Test

At the end of the second day of the second test, host New Zealand is now in the driving seat with India trialing by 540 runs with 7 wickets remaining in hands. New Zealand declared their first innings after putting 619 runs on the board losing 9 wickets. New Zealand resumed the day on 351 for 4 with Ryder batting on 137 and Franklin on 26. Ryder hit his career-first double century as he added 64 runs to his overnight score before being bowled out off Zaheer Khan on 201. Franklin was dismissed soon after reaching his fifty, but wicketkeeper Brendon McCullum played an excellent innings of 115 and Captain Daniel Vettori scored 55 off 72 balls guiding New Zealand towards a 600 plus total.

In reply, India got off to a good star as their openers shared a 48-run stand before Vettori picked up the Sehwag wicket when the stand-in captain of Indian team was on 34. India also lost another opener Gambhir and night watchman Ishant Sharma before the stumps of the day when India was on 79 for 3 with Rahul Dravid was batting on 21, while Sachin Tendulkar not yet scoring any run to his credit. So, there is no doubt, India is now under pressure and a lot would now depend on the Dravid-Sachin pair as well as Yuvraj Singh.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Andre Nel Retires from International Cricket after Joining Surrey

South African fast bowler Andre Nel has announced his retirement from international cricket on Wednesday following reports came out that he had joined English county Surrey for a three-year contract. Surrey, who has been relegated to the second division of English first class cricket due to their poor show last season, is very happy to sign Nel. Surrey is generally regarded as one of the elite teams in English country cricket, considering the amount of success they achieved in the history. In fact, Surrey won the County Championship titles on three occasions (1999, 2000 and 2002). Nel took 123 test wickets in 36 matches, and from 79 one-day matches, he got 106 wickets. Nel is now very happy to have joined Surrey and is looking to contribute to the success of the county in the upcoming season. Nel has previous experience of playing in English country as he reported Essex and Northamptonshire earlier.

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Wednesday, March 25, 2009

IPL 2009 in South Africa and Some Points

IPL 2009 has been shifted from India to South Africa following a series of uncertainties handing over the tournament. No doubt, Indian cricket fans would miss the glitz and glamour of the tournament, while South African cricket fans will have a taste of a typical Indian cricket culture. On the other hand, the tournament will miss its passionate cricket fans to whom cricket is like a religion.

Through the second edition of IPL, the relationship between BCCI and Cricket South Africa seems to be strengthened. The tournament will be very helpful for the growth of cricket in South Africa. Young generation would be able to see many of today’s big stars playing in front of them and this would make them feel to become a star of this stature in future. Moreover, South African cricket will also be financially beneficial.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Shoaib Akhtar Looking to Take Part in IPL 2009 T20 Tournament

Pakistani pacer Shoaib Akhtar wants to come back in IPL 2009 as the tournament has been moved out of India following the failure of talks between BCCI and Indian government over the issue of providing enough security. Pakistani players are out of the upcoming twenty20 tournament as Pakistan government earlier ruled that no Pakistani player would be allowed to visit India amidst the recent fallout between the two neighboring countries following Mumbai terror attack towards the end of the last year.

Now that, IPL 2009 is expected to take place either in South Africa or England, Pakistani players like Shoaib Akhtar have become hopeful about a return to the tournament if their respective franchises called them up. However, IPL chief Lalit Modi said that Pakistani players would not be able to take part in the second edition of IPL tournament as the team rosters for all franchises have already been completed. Still, Shoaib Akhtar is looking for some room to join his IPL team Kolkata Knight Riders for whom he made a brief return after being released from a nightmarish five-year ban imposed by PCB last year. Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has also said that it would talk to BCCI and Pakistan government regarding the participation of Pakistani players in the tournament.

Well, there is no doubt, Pakistani players are still less likely to be bale to participate in IPL 2009 twenty20 tournament, but if they can happen to be included in the tournament, it could increase television ratings of IPL in Pakistan. However, I think, there may not be any room left to include the Pakistani players in the team rosters.

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Monday, March 23, 2009

West Indies Defeated England in the Second ODI

After the dramatic defeat in the first ODI, West Indies bounced back in the series winning the second ODI at Guyana on Sunday. Excellent century from Shivnarine Chanderpaul handed the hosts a 21-run victory. Batting first West Indies scored a descent total of 264 for 8 with Chanderpaul playing a brilliant innings of 112 not out off 134 balls, hitting 10 boundaries around the wicket. In-form batsman Ramnaresh Sarwan scored 74 runs from 89 balls with 4 boundaries and 2 over-boundaries. Pacer James Anderson and Paul Collingwood picked up 3 wickets each, while Mascarenhas took 2 wickets.

Chasing a challenging target of 265, England did not have a very good start as they lost 5 wickets at 97. However, determined batting display from Captain Andrew Strauss kept the English hopes alive till the end of the match. Strauss played an excellent innings of 105 runs off 129 balls with 7 fours. However, Strauss did not get the necessary support from any other batsmen except Mascarenhas whose 36-ball 29 fueled up the winning hopes of the visitors. Harmison remained not out on 18 when England got dismissed for 243 with 10 balls left in hand. Bravo and Pollard picked up 2 wickets each for West Indies. Chanderpaul was awarded the man of the match award for his brilliant hundred.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

England Wins ICC Women’s World Cup 2009 Beating New Zealand by 4 Wickets

England women’s cricket team has clinched their third world cup title today as they defeated New Zealand women’s by 4 wickets in the final of the tournament. Winning the toss, New Zealand Captain Haidee Tiffen elected to bat first, but her batsmen could not show enough resistance against English bowlers and got dismissed only for 166 with 16 balls left in their innings. Highest 48 runs of New Zealand innings came from Lucy Doolan. Nicki Shaw’s career-best 4 for 34 was instrumental behind England’s easy victory in the final.

In reply, English batswomen started off pretty well, putting 74 runs on the board for the opening stand. Sarah Taylor played a small but effective innings of 39 runs off 45 balls. Her opening partner, Caroline Atkins, scored innings highest 40 runs off 85 balls. Claire Taylor, who was later awarded the player of the tournament award, could not hit another big score being dismissed for 21. England lost their 6th wicket at 149, but after that Shaw and Colvin successfully guided England towards the winning total. Shaw remained not out on 17 and Colvin was on 5. Shaw was awarded the man of the final trophy for her match winning performance.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Zaheer Abbas Came Down Hard on Pakistan Cricket Board

Pakistan legend Zaheer Abbas has recently come down hard on Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for announcing Pakistan squad for the pre-scheduled Bangladesh tour even before Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) confirming the fixture of the tour. Recently, BCB postponed the Pakistan tour on security concern following a revolt by the country’s coastal guard which left more than 70 people deal including many high officials of army.

Zaheer Abbas has asked PCB what was the need of being hurry to announce the squad even when there was no conformation about the tour fixture from Bangladesh and he thinks that PCB has made Pakistan a laughing stock in world cricket by doing so. He has expressed his utter dissatisfaction on PCB for their activities and called upon the PCB officials to wake up before it becomes too late to save Pakistan cricket from the downfall. Pakistan suffered a big setback when a terror attack was conducted on Sri Lankan cricket team bus in Lahore.

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Thursday, March 19, 2009

IPL 2009: Nightmare for Cricket Betting?

You already know that the seven matches of IPL 2009 originally scheduled in Delhi have been shifted and thus, cricket punters are expected to face loses up to Rs 1200 crore. Cricket betting for Twenty20 matches are very profitable and betting in India is mainly centered in Delhi. Delhi Police has already confirmed that it would not be able to provide enough security to the IPL matches because the matches scheduled in Delhi have clash with the election dates. IPL 2009 seems to be a nightmare for the cricket punters.

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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Andy Flower Hopeful about England Success in ODI Series against West Indies

England’s stand-in coach Andy Flower wants England to win the ODI series against West Indies after losing the test and the only Twenty20 match. The five-match ODI series kicks off from 20 March. The former Zimbabwe captain has said that England has not found the right balance in Twenty20 format yet, but he is hopeful that the English team can bring out success in the 50-over format of cricket against West Indies.

England team is currently going on without a permanent coach following the sacking of Peter Moores and Flower is one of the contenders of the hot seat. ECB is expected to appoint a permanent coach for England cricket team after the end of their West Indies tour. So, if England can do some better in the ODI series, it would add to the credit of Flower in his bid to become a permanent coach of England national team.

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Cricinfo

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Pakistan Can Still Earn $ 2.75m from ICC Champions Trophy 2009

You already know that ICC Champions Trophy 2009 has been moved to South Africa from its original host Pakistan following the recent terror attack on Sri Lankan cricket team in Lahore. ICC has announced South Africa as the new venue for the eight-team tournament, due to be held in September-October. However, Pakistan Cricket Board still holds the hosting rights of the tournament, and thus, will earn 2.75 million dollars from the 12-day tournament. Here, it is notable that ICC would give financial assistance to South Africa for organizing the tournament.

This is definitely a praiseworthy decision by ICC to hand PCB a handsome amount, even though the tournament is not going to take place in Pakistan. Security has become a very big issue for Pakistan cricket over the last one year as a number of cricket playing countries expressed their reluctance to tour Pakistan.

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AFP


Saturday, March 14, 2009

West Indies Cricket Revitalized?

It has been a long since West Indies lost its glorious days in cricket. In fact, their cricket has gone through continuous decay over the last two decades. The recent test series win over England team is considered to be one of the major successes of West Indies in test cricket over the last few years. Now, the question is if this is the indication of West Indies cricket being revitalized? It is a tricky question and does not have any one-word answer.

After the Allen Stanford case, the current financial crisis of West Indies seems to be aggravated in the years to come. The humiliation concerning Antigua pitch condition indicates lapses in their administration. So, the problem of West Indies cricket is confined in their on-field performance. Rather, there are few other concerns too which West Indies Cricket Board must deal with smartly if they really want to bring back the glory of West Indies cricket.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Afghanistan Cricket Team Set their Sight on ICC World Cup 2011

Cricket playing countries are now reluctant to tour Pakistan following the recent terror attack on Sri Lankan cricketers and ICC match officials in Lahore. However, Afghanistan cricket team is still in Pakistan as they are preparing for the ICC world cup qualifying tournament starting from next month in South Africa. After winning three qualifying divisions including division 3,4 and 5, Afghanistan is now confident to make it to the final of ICC World Cup 2011 which will be held in sub-continent.

Afghanistan was originally supposed to warm up in Lahore, but the terror attack in Lahore make them move to Peshawar where they are now training at the Arbab Niaz Stadium under a tight security as dozens of policemen guard the Afghan cricketers. However, Afghan cricketers are not allowed to face media in order to keep the security in tact.

Kabir Khan, coach of Afghanistan cricket team, is hopeful about the progress of the team and he thinks that his team can qualify for the next world cup tournament. However, Mr. Khan, who represented Pakistan in 4 test and 10 ODI matches, also admitted that he had not expected his team to come this far in their world cup qualifying mission. However, he sounds adamant while stating that the concern over batting has gone away in the presence of batsmen like Riffatullah Momand and Mohammad Shehzad. He also said that bowling and fielding were never a problem for his team. Now that, batting is no more a concern for Afghanistan, it seems that Afghanistan can take a stern test of the favorites like Bermuda, Kenya, the Netherlands and United Arab Emirates who all are drawn in Group B alongside Afghanistan in the upcoming ICC qualifying tournament.

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Canadian Press

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Ijaz Butt: International Cricket to be Back in Pakistan within 9 Months

Ijaz Butt, chairman of Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), is hopeful that international cricket will be back in Pakistan within 6 to 9 months. The recent terror attack on Sri Lankan team bus in Lahore which left eight people killed and seven injured has put the future of Pakistan cricket in jeopardy and there is concern that no international team would like to tour Pakistan in the next few years in fear of security condition of the country.

However, Ijaz Butt is optimistic about the return of cricket in Pakistan by the end of this year, but he has also assured that until the security level in the country reaches a satisfactory level, Pakistan would not invite any international team to tour. He has mentioned that a high-level inquiry has been in work to find out the men who were involved in the attack and he is hopeful that this would remove the concern over security condition of Pakistan. Mr. Butt has called upon other cricket playing countries to stand beside Pakistan in this tough phase of time.

The attack in Lahore came when security condition of Pakistan was under scrutiny and there had been a serious concern about the security of Pakistan in world cricket. Though PCB chairman has expressed some optimism about Pakistan cricket, there are still enough reasons for the cricket playing nations to be reluctant to tour Pakistan.

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AFP

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Dubai and Abu Dhabi: The Next Home of Pakistan Cricket?

The recent terror attack on Sri Lankan cricket team and ICC referee and match officials in Lahore has left Pakistan cricket in an uncertain situation. It is believed that no cricket playing country would like to visit Pakistan on a cricket tour following this attack that left eight dead and 14 injured. Security has become a serious issue for Pakistan over the last one year due to series of bomb blasts and terror attacks on various locations across the country. However, a terror attack on a visiting cricket team and ICC officials never happened in the past. So, the recent attack has definitely heightened the security concern in Pakistan and it is pretty much clear that there will not be any international cricket match in Pakistan for the time being.

Moreover, Pakistan has a million dollar television rights deal with Ten Sports and under this contract, Pakistan must play a certain number of series at home which will be telecast on Ten Sports. In that case, PCB must seek neutral venues to organize Pakistan’s home matches. Abu Dhabi and Dubai are now considered to be the next destination of Paksitan cricket as the authority of both venues are eager to organize Pakistan’s matches against foreign countries. Moreover, there are a large number of Pakistan fans in Abu Dhabi and Dubai, and it is expected that Pakistan’s home matches will be held in these two venues from now on. Well, Canada might show interest to host Pakistan’s matches until foreign countries are willing to tour Pakistan.

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Times of India

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Cricket in India is Completely Safe, Says Indian Home Minister P. Chidambaram

Palaniappan Chidambaram, the home minister of Indian government, has said that cricket in India is completely safe, while talking to media about various issues including upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) and the security condition of India. Security has been a key concern for the visiting teams in the sub-continent. After last November’s Mumbai terror attack and the recent attack on cricket players in Lahore, security concern has now been more important and it seems that security has become a threat for cricket in the region.

The second edition of Indian Premier League (IPL) kicks off from 10 April in India and the matches of IPL will take place in eight cities across India and some of the IPL matches even clash with India’s general election too. Thinking that providing enough security for IPL and election at the same time would be very difficult, home minister Chidambaram requested IPL officials to postpone the tournament. In reply, IPL chairman Lalit Modi ensured that there would not be any IPL match clashing with election date, but he refused to postpone the multi-million dollar tournament due to contractual restriction of foreign players with their respective cricket boards and TV broadcast issue. Modi even hinted that there would not be any need of paramilitary forces for IPL matches, stating that if needed, IPL would hire private security forces.

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Guardian

Friday, March 6, 2009

Danny Morrison: The Duckman of CricketCricket

Generally, we know that a player can get stardom when he achieves success in his game by showing his talent and skill. Well, can you imagine that someone can become famous for his failure? I guess no, but the fact is that there are exceptions and former New Zealand pacer Danny Morrison is definitely one of those exceptions who became famous mainly because of his poor batting display and he once held the record for highest number of ducks (getting out without scoring any run in Cricket means duck) in test cricket.

Following his notorious record being made, people started calling him ‘the Duckman’. The nickname became so popular that a tie featuring a number of ducks was manufactured in 1996. A limited edition of that tie was released and each of those ties has now become an important cricket memorabilia that you would like to keep in your collection. Later on, Morrison even launched a duck caller for hunters in relation to his world record for highest number of ducks.

Danny Morrison was also very famous for his unique bowling style and big smile. He had great speed and was a threat for the batsmen while bowling at his best, but does not hold a great career record with 160 wickets from 48 tests and 126 wickets from 96 ODI matches. Danny Morrison, who represented New Zealand in three world cup tournaments from 1987-1996, is a cricket commentator as well as host of a number of cricket related programs on television and radio. You can visit his website by clicking here: www.dannymorrisonpromotions.com.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Sachin Tendulkar and India’s Opening Combination

Among India’s famous big four (Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid and Anil Kumble), only Tendulkar and Dravid are active in international cricket. In fact, it is only Tendulkar who is still playing both ODI and test formats of cricket for India with Dravid being specialized for test matches.

Well, India seems to be facing a serious question when it comes to their opening combination in ODI cricket. Gautam Gambhir and Virender Sehwag have been playing extremely well in the opening slots in both forms of cricket. When Sachin Tendulkar returns to limited over cricket in the first ODI against New Zealand, India’s in-form opening pair was broken to make way for Tendulkar who opened India’s innings along with Sehwag.

There are many who think that it was not a right move to break an in-form pair who had been giving India a solid platform pretty consistently over the last one year. There is no doubt, Sachin Tendulkar is one of the greats in world cricket, but I am not sure whether it was right to break the opening combination in favor of Tendulkar’s great career.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Uncertainty over World Cup Cricket 2011 in Asia Following Terrorist Attack in Lahore

Following the brutal terrorist attack on Sri Lankan players yesterday (5 March 2009) near the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore, the whole cricket world is now concerned about the 2011 World Cup Cricket, which is due to be held in four South Asian countries including India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Pakistan. ICC chief Haroon Lorgat already said that no world cup match would take place in Pakistan unless there was any dramatic change in Pakistan’s security condition. So, former cricket players and cricket analysts are also doubtful if any cricket playing nation would like to tour Pakistan in the next few years.

Well, security condition in other host nations is not very convincing too, though it is true that security condition in India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka is way better than the condition in Pakistan. So, there is a slight possibility that world cup 2011 might be moved to the official standby hosts Australia and New Zealand, though nothing is confirmed yet and it is still a distant possibility. Even, Cricket Australia (CA) chief, James Sutherland, has recently said that Australia is ready to host the world cup 2011 matches, besides insisting that he wants the world cup to be held in Asia. ICC board members will meet in Dubai next month to discuss about various issues regarding security concern as well as world cup 2011.

Now, it is less likely that any world cup 2011 match will take place in Pakistan. In that case, the matches which would have been organized in Pakistan should not be moved to Australia or New Zealand, unless the whole world cup tournament is not moved to Australia and New Zealand. If the world cup 2011 is taken place in Asia, then India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka can share the matches which are due to take place in Pakistan.

However, as I mentioned earlier that security in other co-host countries including India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka are not very convincible (if you do not believe me then check out the terrorist activities in these countries over the last one year), I think, Asian countries can offer Australia and New Zealand to host the World Cup Cricket 2011 and in return, Australia and New Zealand, who are the official co-host for 2015 world cup, would allow four South Asian countries to host the 2015 world cup cricket tournament. This can be a pragmatic decision taken by the host countries of 2011 and 2015 world cup cricket tournaments in association of International Cricket Council (ICC).

Monday, March 2, 2009

Shane Warne Asked Other Cricket Boards to Support IPL

Former Australian great Shane Warne has said that cricket boards of different countries should support Indian Premier League (IPL), in stead of copying the model. He thinks that IPL has a huge number of fans behind it, indicating the fact that 24 million cricket fans watched last year’s IPL final. The legendary leg spinner has also opined that cricket boards should allow its players to play in IPL.

Shane Warne is playing the double role with the reigning IPL champion Rajasthan Royals as a captain as well as coach. Warne has never bothered much about fitness and team meeting and he believes in showing the passion on the field. Wane seems to have implemented the same philosophy in Rajasthan Royals team and he has achieved success too. Now, let us see if Shane Warne can bring out the same success once again for Rajasthan Royals in IPL 2009.

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Sunday, March 1, 2009

BCCI Vice President Lalit Modi is now nobody of Rajasthan Cricket Association

Lalit Modi is considered to be one of the most influential persons of Indian cricket and many believe that Modi is the most powerful man in Cricket since the emergence of Indian Premier League (IPL). Modi’s official status is that he is the vice-president of BCCI, the regulatory body of Indian Cricket, but he is best known as the chairman of IPL.

Well, Lalit Modi may have lots of power in Indian cricket, but he has recently lost a battle in his state Rajasthan where he could not be re-elected as the Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA) president. You might think that RCA presidency is nothing to a man who has such a power, not only in Indian cricket but also in world cricket. However, the fact is that all his power at national or international level came in relation to his power at RCA which, in fact, was the base of all of his power.

Now that, Modi lost his base, there are people who believe that this is the start of end of his long-standing power in Indian and international cricket. Recently, he faced police investigation after being charged of cheating and forgery, though he dismissed all the charges brought against him.

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