Sunday, May 31, 2009

Sachin Tendulkar on Indian Squad for T20 World Cup 2009

Sachin Tendulkar has said that he has full faith in the current Indian squad for the twenty20 world cup 2009. The tournament kicks off from 5 June and India is the defending champion in the tournament. Tendulkar pulled himself out of the tournament, despite having a good twenty20 form in IPL 2009.

Well, the batting maestro thinks that India has a strong squad in the presence of explosive batsmen and good bowlers. Regarding the recent form of two openers Gautam Gambhir and Virender Sehwag, Tendulkar thinks that world class players are always pose threat for the opposition teams.

Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir have been in excellent form for India over the last one year, but their form in the recently concluded IPL 2009 was ordinary. That is why, few people are doubtful about India’s mission to defend their title.

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Thestatesman

Sachin Tendulkar on Indian Squad for T20 World Cup 2009

Sachin Tendulkar has said that he has full faith in the current Indian squad for the twenty20 world cup 2009. The tournament kicks off from 5 June and India is the defending champion in the tournament. Tendulkar pulled himself out of the tournament, despite having a good twenty20 form in IPL 2009.

Well, the batting maestro thinks that India has a strong squad in the presence of explosive batsmen and good bowlers. Regarding the recent form of two openers Gautam Gambhir and Virender Sehwag, Tendulkar thinks that world class players are always pose threat for the opposition teams.

Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir have been in excellent form for India over the last one year, but their form in the recently concluded IPL 2009 was ordinary. That is why, few people are doubtful about India’s mission to defend their title.

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Thestatesman

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Can South Africa Win Twenty20 World Cup 2009?

South Africa is now the world no. 1 in ODI cricket and very closet o retain the no. 1 spot from Australia in test cricket. Still, they are without any major cricket title since 1998 when they won the inaugural Mini World Cup tournament (now known as ICC Champions Trophy) in Bangladesh.

South Africa is always considered to be a favorite, but still they have not won any World Cup title yet. The first event of twenty20 world cup took place in South Africa in 2007 and many thought that the Protease would end their wait for a major cricket title in front of home cricket fans. However, nothing improved on their bad luck.

Now, it is to see if South Africa can win the twenty20 world cup 2009. Well, there is no doubt, South Africa has a very strong squad and the Protease squad seems to be the biggest threat for India’s title defense mission in twenty20 world cup 2009 that kicks off from 5 June 2009.

Well, the main strength of South African squad is the presence of a number of all rounders. Coach Mickey Arthur said that South Africa would feature at least seven bowlers along with a batting line up featuring ten players capable of batting. So, you can guess the strength of the squad. Moreover, South Africa squad is a combination of young as well as experienced cricketers. There are hard-hitters like Smith, AB de Villiers, Herschelle Gibbs, Jean-Paul Duminy, Albie Morkel. Moreover, there are experienced batsmen like Mark Boucher and Jacques Kallis.

To be honest, I am not surprised to hear that South Africa coach wants 7 bowlers and 10 batsmen in his final squad. Here is the probable final eleven of South Africa:

Graeme Smith, Herschelle Gibbs, AB de Villiers, Jean-Paul Duminy, Jacques Kallis, Roelof van der Merwe, Albie Morkel, Mark Boucher, Johan Botha, Robin Peterson/Morne Morkel and Dale Steyn

Here, you can see that except Dale Steyn, other players can bat considerably. So, South African has a number of options in their squad and they could end up winning the tournament this time.

Friday, May 29, 2009

Ricky Ponting on Andrew Flintoff Fitness ahead of Ashes 2009

Ricky Ponting has said that an injury-hit Andrew Flintoff would not help England much when they face Australia in the forthcoming Ashes 2009 series in England. English all rounder Flintoff is currently suffering from knee injury and has recently been ruled out of next month’s Twenty20 world cup 2009 because he has not recovered from knee surgery. Flintoff was instrumental in England’s historic Ashes triumph in 2005 at home, but the player failed to make any impression during England’s humiliating 5-0 defeat to Australia in 2007, and thus, losing the Ashes title.

Ponting said that if Flintoff does not retain his fitness 100 percent, then it would be a great challenge for English selectors to make a decision on his selection. Indicating Flintoff’s contrasting performance in 2005 and 2007 Ashes series, Ponting said that the fitness level of Andrew Flintoff would be vital for England in Ashes 2009.

Well, it is true that the all rounder has been suffering from a series of injuries since the start of his career. So, though it has been reported that he would retain his fitness hundred percent, I am not quite sure if Flintoff would be able to get back his fitness ahead of Ashes 2009 series.

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Wednesday, May 27, 2009

ESPN Star Sports Increases TV AD Rate by 80% for Twenty20 World Cup 2009

ESPN Star Sports has increased their television advertising rates by 80% for the upcoming twenty20 world cup 2009, starting from June 5 in England. Having seen extensive TVR of inaugural twenty20 world cup in 2007, during which India vs Pakistan final match saw TVRs reaching 15.2 which has so far been a record for a cricket tournament, the broadcaster is now charging Rs 4 lakh for a 10-second spot, an 80% increase from last year’s Rs 2.25 lakh. Overall, ESPN Star Sports, the official television rights holder of ICC, wants to generate Rs 220 crore through television advertisement during twenty20 world cup 2009.

Televisionpoint reported:

R. C. Venkateish, managing director, ESPN Software India, the company that owns the rights to broadcast the event in India, says, "In terms of on-air sales, we have written 80 per cent more revenue as compared to the last edition."

Venkateish said the company has an impressive line-up of advertisers for the ICC World event. "We have signed 10 sponsors and an additional 20 corporates advertisers for spot buys on live as well as pre-post programming. We expect to gross at least Rs 220 crore in advertising from the event." said Venkateish.

It has been reported that cricket fans from 216 countries across the world would enjoy twenty20 world cup 2009. Well, I think the reason behind this increase in advertisement rate is mainly because of huge interest in Indian market. India is the defending champion of the tournament and their recent performance is pretty much satisfactory. Naturally, Indian cricket fans are eagerly waiting to see India repeating their success in England too.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

England Defeated West Indies by 6 Wickets in the 2nd ODI

England won the second ODI of the three-match NatWest Series against West Indies today. Batting first, West Indies got all out for 160 runs, and England took only 36 overs to reach the winning target losing 4 wickets. English bowlers dominated over the West Indies batsmen. Chris Broad picked up 4 wickets, while Paul Collingwood got 3. James Anderson delivered some tidy overs. Overall, English bowlers defeated West Indies in the second ODI.

England did not face any problem to reach the target thanks to Ravi Bopara’s 43 off 60 and Collingwood’s unbeaten 47 off 50. Owais Shah scored 38 runs. Taylor, Sammy and Bravo picked a wicket each for West Indies. Collingwood was given the man of the match award for his all round performance.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Time and Venue of IPL Final 2009

If you want to get the live score and updates of the IPL 2009 final between Bangalore Royal Challengers and Deccan Chargers, then visit the following link:

Bangalore vs Deccan IPL Final 2009 Live Updates

Cricket fans are waiting for Sunday’s much-anticipated final of IPL 2009 where Bangalore Royal Challengers will take on Deccan Chargers. This is expected to be a highly competitive match, given the current form of both teams. Both teams outperformed their oppositions pretty easily in the semi final and both sides have a number of match winners who are capable of bring the result in favor of their teams.

IPL 2009 Final: Time

The final match of IPL 2009 will take place on 24 May 2009. As the match will be held on Sunday, it is expected that many people will come to the stadium to enjoy the match in South Africa. Television audience is also expected to increase for the final match as it will be holyday in India too. The match kicks off at 16:30 local time and 14:30 GMT. Cricket fans in India will be able to watch the match from 20:00 IST (Indian Standard Time).

IPL 2009 Final: Venue

The match will take place at the Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg in South Africa. Wicket of Wanderers usually helps the batsmen, but it also provides assistance to the spinners in turning the ball. Pacers could also find some swing in the wicket, but overall batsmen and spinners are expected to get more assistance from the wicket. So, Bangalore spinners Anil Kumble and Roelof van der Merwe as well as Deccan spinners Pragyan Ojha and Rohit Sharma will get some help. However, it is expected that batsmen will dominate in the match. So, I think, there will be decent amount of runs scored by both teams, but given the quality of the spinners of both sides, I do not think that the final is going to be a very high-scoring match.

Bangalore Royal Challengers vs Deccan Chargers Preview, Live Score: IPL Final 2009

If you want to get the live score and updates of the IPL 2009 final between Bangalore Royal Challengers and Deccan Chargers, then visit the following link:

Bangalore vs Deccan IPL Final 2009 Live Updates

Bangalore Royal Challengers are going to face Deccan Chargers in the much-awaited final of IPL 2009 twenty20 tournament at the Wanderers Stadium on 24 June 2009. Deccan reached the final after a 6-wicket win over Delhi Daredevils on Friday, and today, Bangalore defeated Chennai by the same margin to clinch their place in the final of the tournament. The interesting thing is that Bangalore and Deccan finished 7th and 8th in IPL 2008 and now they are the two finalists of IPL 2009. Naturally, fans of both sides are pretty much delighted to see their favorite team in the tournament final. Both teams are also very confident of winning the title of second edition of IPL.


Match: Bangalore Royal Challengers vs Deccan Chargers, Final Match, IPL 2009
Date: 24 May 2009

Time: Local time 16:30; GMT 14:30

Venue: The Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg, South Africa

Live TV: Sony SAT Max


Bangalore has a strong squad in the presence of some match winners. Their batting line up includes the foreign stars like Jacques Kallis, Ross Taylor and Mark Boucher. Moreover, young South African all rounder Roelof van der Merwe is also there with his hard hitting batting and left arm spin. I am really impressed by young opener Manish Pandey whose smashing century against Deccan in the last match of preliminary round guided Bangalore to the semi final and then he played another match winning innings of 48 against Chennai in the semi final. Their batting line up also features experienced batsman Rahul Dravid, young Virat Kohli and Robin Uthappa. Bangalore’s bowling line up is pretty much balanced. Their pace attack features Praveen Kumar, Jacques Kallis and Vinay Kumar, while their spin attack includes Captain Anil Kumble and Roelof van der Merwe.


Deccan Chargers showed their batting strength against Chennai Super Kings in the semi final. Captain Adam Gilchrist once again got on top of the opponent bowlers and demolished Chennai bowlers. Two openers Gilchrist and Herschelle Gibbs will continue in the final too, while I am not sure whether Azhar Bilakhia will be given another chance in the final match against Bangalore. Deccan also has hard-hitter Andrew Symonds, Tirumalsetti Suman, Rohit Sharma and Venugopal Rao in their batting line up. In the presence of Gilchrist, Gibbs and Symonds, I think, it is pretty much enough to pose a threat for the opposition bowlers.


Deccan Chargers have two quality paces in Ryan Harris and RP Singh, who has been in excellent form recently. Andrew Symonds and Harmeet Singh are two other effective pace options. Though their spin attack is led by Pragyan Ojha, Rohit Sharma’s off spin has been pretty much effective.


Online Live Score and Updates

I know that you are very much excited to see an exciting match between Bangalore and Deccan. However, if you can not manage your time to watch the match live on television, then you can enjoy the live score and updates of the match in the following websites:


Cricinfo

Cricket Next

The Times of India

Yahoo Cricket

ipl.co.in

ICC cricket world cup live

24timepass.com


Overall, I do not see any favorite between Deccan Chargers and Bangalore Royal Challengers. Both teams are full of confident and are willing to give their best to win the title of Twenty20 world cup 2009. I hope to see an exciting match between Deccan Chargers and Bangalore Royal Challengers.


IPL 2009 Final: Money Could Win This Season

If you want to get the live score and updates of the IPL 2009 final between Bangalore Royal Challengers and Deccan Chargers, then visit the following link:

Bangalore vs Deccan IPL Final 2009 Live Updates

Indian Premier League is a cricket tournament created by BCCI to make the best out of the money that can be generated from the passion of Indian people about this match. It is a Twenty20 format event and that is why it finishes within 3 and half hours. Since, a team can bat only 20 overs and they have 10 wickets in hand, you can expect to see a lot of hard htting batting display. So, it is popular among the fans in India.

Tomorrow, is the final of 2009 season of IPL. The two participating teams are Royal Challengers Bangalore and Deccan Chargers. Vijay Mallya (UB Group) is the owner of RCB and he bought it with $ 111.6 million. It was the second bid for any team. Then, Deccan Chronicle bought the Deccan Chargers franchise with a sum of $ 107.0 million. So, you can see that this season money is indeed talking.

Last season, RCB did very bad and was in the 7th position. This time, they could arrange their team in a batter manner.

Pakistan Planning to Host Home Games in Abu Dhabi

Pakistan is going to propose ICC to host Pakistan’s home matches including Pakistan’s 2011 world cup matches at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi as a neutral venue. Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Ijaz Butt will meet Dilawar Mani, Abu Dhabi Cricket Council chief executive, very soon to discuss about the issue. Here, it is noteworthy that ICC stripped of Pakistan’s world cup hosting right following Lahore terror attack on Sri Lankan team bus.


ICC will sit with the chiefs of cricket boards in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka to discuss about the issues regarding 2011 world cup on June 3. PCB will first present the security plans regarding their venues to ICC, but if ICC does not accept it, then they will propose a neutral venue to host Pakistan’s home games including world cup matches.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Former English Cricketer Chris Lewis Jailed for 13 Years on Cocaine Smuggling

Former cricketer Chris Lewis, who played 32 Test and 53 ODI matches for England, has been sentenced to 13 years in prison after being accused of smuggling Cocaine. He along with another person named Chad Kirnon was carrying cocaine in his luggage and both of them were separately arrested at Gatwick on 8 December 2008 after they were found to be carrying a number of tins of pure cocaine while traveling, though both of them denied the charges during the trial period.


It is really something shocking to see a former cricketer being convicted of smuggling cocaine and I really feel very sad for it. Cricketers are given the star’s status in England and young generation follows the cricketers like Chris Lewis. Anyway, I just hope that Chris Lewis gets the right judgment.


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CNN

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Mohammad Ashraful Disappointed Bangladeshi Cricket Fans

Mohammad Ashraful and Mashrafe Mortaza are the captain and vice captain of Bangladesh cricket team respectively and they are the two player from Bangladesh who took part in IPL 2009. You already know that Mashrafe disappointed Bangladeshi cricket fans when he conceded 59 runs in 4 overs against Deccan Chargers.

Today, Bangladesh captain Mohammad Ashraful was drafted into Mumbai Indians squad in their last IPL 2009 match against Delhi Daredevils. However, the right handed batsmen failed to live up to the expectation being caught behind by Dinesh Karthik off Sangwan only for 2 (from 10 balls). No doubt, Bangladesh cricket fans are now upset with his performance.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Andrew Symonds: End of the Test Career?

You might already know that Andrew Symonds was left out of Australia’s Ashes 2009 squad. Australian selectors preferred Shane Watson to Symonds as the prime all rounder for Australia, given Watson’s excellent form over the last one year. Now, the question is that if this is the end of Andrew Symonds’ illustrious test career. Well, it may not be the right time to answer the question, but it is pretty much certain that the all rounder’s test career is now uncertain.


If Shane Watson and Andrew McDonald can show their talent and skill, it would really be very tough for Symonds to retain his place in the test squad. Over the last one year, Symonds became newspaper headlines mostly for the wrong reasons as he was involved in a series of off-field problems. Injury was another problem that he had to overcome to make his come back to the Australian squad in the recent ODI series against Pakistan where he indicated to return to his top form.


Moreover, Andrew Symonds has been pretty much impressive in the ongoing IPL 2009. Well, it is true that the veteran all rounder missed a lot of cricket action over the last one year and it was very tough for Australian selectors to recall him to the test squad, but still I think, Symonds should have been included in the Ashes squad, given his vast experience and previous performance. To be honest, Andrew Symonds now has to face strong challenge to retain his place in the test squad. However, I am hopeful that he would be able to do it as he always seems to be a fighter, but to do so, he must remain determined and disciplined both on and off the field. So, I do not think that it is the end of Andrew Symonds’ test career.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Former Bangladesh Captain Habibul Bashar Cut Ties with ICL

Habibul Bashar, former captain of Bangladesh cricket team, informed Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) on Monday that he had terminated his ICL contract and was keen to come back to international fold now. BCB has recently offered an amnesty to Bangladeshi ICL players by which they can come back into BCB fold if they cut their ties with ICL by June 15, and now it seems that Habibul Bashar is going to be the first ICL player from Bangladesh to accept this amnesty.


Regarding his return to official fold, Habibul Bashar, who has 3,026 test runs in 50 test matches for Bangladesh, said that he wanted to for Bangladesh once again and felt that he would be able to represent Bangladesh team international cricket at least for 2 more years. He admitted that ICL was lucrative, but felt money was not everything as he said that staying out of domestic and international cricket was painful.


Bashar also hopes that other ICL players would follow his footstep and come into BCB fold, by cutting their ties with ICL which does not have ICC recognition. Last year, 14 Bangladeshi cricketers including a number of international players joined ICL in a mass exodus and it was reported that each of the Bangladeshi players was handed a 3-year contract for a whopping $200,000.


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AFP

Monday, May 18, 2009

Delhi Daredevils: First Team to Reach IPL 2009 Semi Final

Delhi Daredevils has become the first IPL team to reach the semi final of IPL 2009 tournament which is currently going on in South Africa. Delhi defeated Rajasthan Royals yesterday by 14 runs, and thus, ensured their place in the semi final of IPL 2009 tournament. With 18 points from 12 matches, Delhi Daredevils is currently leading the point table, and even if they lose the next two matches, that will not be a problem for Delhi Daredevils.


So, Delhi might bring some changes in their squad for the next two games in order to give chances to irregular players who did not have enough chances so far in the tournament. In this way, they can examine the squad strength ahead of semi final match. Delhi started off very well in IPL 2009 winning the first three games and has bee pretty much consistency so far, even though they lost their captain Virender Sehwag for few matches due to his injury.


Before the beginning of the tournament, the opening pair of Delhi Daredevils (Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir) was considered to be main strength of the team. However, the duo could not live up to the expectation yet, but still Delhi maintains their momentum mainly because of excellent batting performance from AB de Villiers, Tillakaratne Dilshan and Dinesh Karthik as well as brilliant bowling performance by Ashish Nehra and Amit Mishra. Now, let us see if Delhi Daredevils can continue their momentum in the upcoming matches and win the second edition of IPL twenty20 tournament.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Probable Semi Finalists of IPL 2009

IPL 2009 is gradually coming to its end. The group stage is about to finish. However, it is not yet confirmed who are going to fill in the last four of the tournament. Unlike last year, there are a number of teams who can make it to the semi final, and literally there is no team who could ensure their spot in the last four yet. First of all, Kolkata Knight Riders are already with just 1 win from 12 games. Even the seventh placed Mumbai Indians are not yet literally out of semi final contention, but it is pretty much understandable that Mumbai Indians are now almost out of the semi final.


So, there are six teams left in the semi final contention and all of these teams have chances to progress to the semi final of IPL 2009. Delhi Daredevils is currently leading the point table with 16 points from 11 matches. Sehwag boys now need only 1 win from their 3 remaining matches. Chennai Super Kings have 15 points from 12 games, and thus, needing another victory from their last two games to ensure their semi final progress. Deccan Chargers have 14 points in 12 games and they could also ensure their semi final spot by winning another match in their last two games. To be honest, Delhi, Chennai and Deccan seem to be very favorites to reach the semi final. In fact, these 3 teams have already made a step in their semi final entrance.


The competition for the fourth spot will be among three teams: Rajasthan Royals, Bangalore Royal Challengers and Kings XI Punjab. All the three teams have 2 games for each in hand. Rajasthan currently secures the 4th place in the point table with 13 points, while Bangalore and Punjab shares 12 points each. Interestingly, the difference in the run rate of the three teams is also very slim, and thus, making the competition stiffer. So, it seems that the semi final race of IPL 2009 has been pretty much interesting and I hope to see some exciting group stage matches in the next few days.


Saturday, May 16, 2009

Chris Gayle: Should be Stripped of West Indies Captaincy?

Chris Gayle has created a controversy recently by stating that he would not be missing if test cricket dies. His remark on the test cricket has now been an issue of debate in world cricket. A number of former cricketers including former great Sir Viv Richards, Ian Chappell and Mark Taylor have fully criticized Gayle for his comment which might strip him off as West Indies captain.


Chris Gayle returned from South Africa, where he was representing Kolkata Knight Riders in IPL 2009, just 2 days before the first test against England at Lord’s. That was also raised a question regarding his commitment for West Indies team. Some even also suggested that he should be sacked as West Indies captain. Now, it seems that Chris Gayle is going through a tough time. Moreover, the on-field performance of West Indies team is not satisfactory at all as they were defeated by England convincingly in the first test. Now, let us see what is waiting on his fate?


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Herald Sun

Friday, May 15, 2009

Ravi Bopara: The Solution of England’s No. 3 Batting Spot

Ravi Bopara seems to have appeared as a solution to England’s no. 3 problem. After Michael Vaughan being dropped from England’s test squad lat year, Ian Bell was given the no. 3 place of England batting line up. However, Bell was dropped from England;s tour of Caribbean earlier this year following a series of poor performances and since then there was no one who could have been the automatic choice for England’s no. 3 slot. Now, it seems that Ravi Bopara is the man to clinch the spot as of now, hitting three centuries in three matches in a row.


Ravi Bopara scored a century in the test in Caribbean, and then hit another one in the first test of the ongoing series at Lord’s. The 24-year-old hit another hundred yesterday on the opeing day of the second test against West Indies. Thanks to two hundreds from Alastair Cook and Ravi Bopara, England has reached 302 losing 2 wickets on the first day of the second test. Ravi Bopara’s performance has decreased the worry of England selectors as they have finally got someone whom then can pick up for the number 3 position without thinking twice for the time being.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

ICC to Take Stronger Stance against Slow Over-rate

International Cricket Council (ICC) is going to take stronger stance against slow over rate in future. Cricket committee of ICC now wants stricter enforcement of its slow over-rate laws in case of slow over-rate in cricket matches, especially in test cricket.



It has been suggested by ICC Cricket Committee that if team is fined for slow over-rate in any particular format of the game in the space of 12 months, then its captain must face suspension for few matches. According to current ICC rule, a bowling team must bowl 15 overs per hour. ICC thinks that this is appropriate and achievable by the teams.



Well, I have a point here. Sometimes, it becomes very hard for the bowling side to bowl 15 overs in an hour when batting side starts hitting too many boundaries and over-boundaries around the wicket. So, ICC should rule that when there will be more than 6 or 7 runs per over, then the over-rate should be less then 15 overs.



Tuesday, May 12, 2009

ICC: No Umpire Review System in Ashes 2009

A lot of things have been talked about Umpire Decision Review System (UDRS) which, by some of the current cricketers, was full criticized since its inception. Well, ICC has announced that players would not be challenge umpires’ decision during July’s Ashes 2009 series which will take place in England.

Umpire Decision Review System (UDRS) allows each team to make three unsuccessful appeals against umpires’ decisions in an innings. However, this system came under scrutiny because of a number of problems. This is perhaps the reason for which ICC has decided not to feature this system in an important series like Ashes. However, it has also been reported that this system would come into effect permanently from October 2009.


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The Dawn

Monday, May 11, 2009

Chris Gayle’s Captaincy Comes under Scrutiny

England has won the first test of the two-match series on Friday by 10 wickets against West Indies. West Indies could not show any resistance throughout the match, except some good batting displays from Brendan Nash, Denesh Ramdin and Devon Smith in the second innings.



West Indies failed to impress in each and every job in the match, conceding about 100 runs to English tail end, showing poor batting show as well as dropping as many as 6 catches. West Indies’ poor performance has put a serious question over Chris Gayle captaincy. His role as a captain in the team has also been criticized since West Indies lost the first of the five-match ODI series to England back at home two months thanks to Coach John Dyson’s mistake in calculating Duckworth/Lewis score.


Well, Gayle now needs to inspire his team ahead of the second test and try to get the best of his players in order to ensure they go back to home with their pride intact. That would not be easy for the West Indies captain, but he must do it if West Indies wants to bounce back. Moreover, cricket analysts called for closer working relationship between the captain and the players. Gayle’s individual performance in the first match was not impressive either as he failed to perform in both innings. England’s cold swing condition has become a big challenge for the visiting team and swing bowling is always a big problem for Chris Gayle who has defected footwork. Now, it is very important for Gayle to return to form and lead the team from the front in the second test, starting from 14 May 2009.



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Sunday, May 10, 2009

Chris Gayle Confident of West Indies Bounce Back in the 2nd Test

You already know that England has won the first of the two test ongoing series by 10 wickets at Lord’s. England was so dominating in the game that they won the match within 3 days. West Indies Captain Chris Gayle has admitted that they are disappointed in the manner they lost the game and Gayle is not short of praise for England team for their excellent performance.


However, Chris Gayle has vowed that his team would bounce back in the second and the last test of the series. In order to avoid series defeat, West Indies must win the second test that kicks off from 14 May at the Riverside Ground in Durham.


England recently lost the five-match test series 1-0 on West Indies soil and they are now gearing up to take revenge of that series defeat. If England can continue their dominance in the second test, then there is every possibility to white wash West Indies in this short test series.


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New Zealand in ICC Twenty20 World Cup 2009

ICC Twenty20 World Cup 2009 will start from 5 June 2009 in England. After the successful staging of its inaugural tournament in South Africa, cricket fans are expecting similar excitement from the second edition too. However, I do not think New Zealand cricket fans can have high hopes for New Zealand’s success in the upcoming tournament as the Kiwi squad has lost a number of key players over the last few years.


Players like Shane Bond, Darrel Tuffi have joined Indian Cricket League (ICL), and thus, cutting all their ties with New Zealand cricket team as New Zealand Cricket (NZC) does not allow any ICL player to represent the country at international level. There were some other players like hard-hitting opener Nathan Astle who retired from cricket to take part in ICL. Naturally, the strength of New Zealand team has decreased significantly over the last couple of years. There is no doubt, New Zealand has not found any replacement off the players like Shane Bond yet, and it would not be an easy for New Zealand in ICC World Twenty20 2009 in England.


Indian Cricketers Concerned about Fitness ahead of Twenty20 World Cup 2009

Indian cricketers are now currently getting good practice in the IPL 2009 ahead of ICC Twenty20 world cup 2009. You might say that Indian cricketers will have a big advantage when they will fly to England to take part in the ICC World Twenty20 2009 tournament next month as they have had enough opportunity to prepare themselves for the most prestigious twenty20 tournament.



However, there are some problems too. First of all, Indian cricketers will hardly have any rest before they head to England in order to defend their twenty20 world cup title. Indian team have been in action since the start of New Zealand tour during which they played 3 tests, 5 ODIs and 2 twenty20 matches, and the players did not have enough rest as IPL 2009 was knocking at the door. Now, IPL 2009 will come to an end with the 24th May final, and then within a week, they have to set off for twenty20 world cup mission. Naturally, players might be exhausted and it may have an impact on their performance in twenty20 world cup at least to some extent.



Moreover, injuries could be another threatening concern for Indian team. All the members of India’s twenty20 world cup squad are currently playing in IPL 2009 and it is very likely that some of them might pick up injuries which could rule them out from the tournament. Though nothing has happened like this yet, the senior players like Zaheer Khan and Virender Sehwag are currently sidelined with minor injuries. However, the Indian players are taking precautionary rest, considering twenty20 world cup 2009 tournament.



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Saturday, May 9, 2009

Shane Watson Ruled out for Rest of the IPL 2009 Season

Shane Watson has been ruled out of the remaining two weeks of IPL 2009 tournament as the all rounder is now suffering from groin injury which he sustained during Australia’s recent twenty20 loss to Pakistan in UAE. Watson is confident that he would be able to represent Australia in next month’s ICC World Twenty20 2009 tournament in England, after recovering his current ailment in time.

Shane Watson returned from a back problem in the ODI series against Pakistan, but he played only as a batsman. However, the all rounder took barely any time to show his excellent batting form, amassing 271 runs at an average of 90.33 from 5 games. Regarding his groin injury, Shane Watson said that the medical staff of Cricket Australia had suggested him one or two weeks’ rest to get over the injury and there were three weeks before Australia would play their first practice match prior to the twenty20 world cup, which kicks off from 5 June. So, Watson is now confident to take part in the ICC World Twenty20 2000 after shacking off the groin injury in time.

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Cricinfo

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Australia Squad for Twenty20 World Cup 2009 Lacks of Twenty20 Specialists

In the lead up to the first twenty20 world cup in 2009 in South Africa, Australia was considered to be most favorite on the back of their third consecutive world cup triumph just few months back. Australian team featured a number of cricketers who were regular in test and ODI formats. All of them were star in terms of their international record, but the team suffered due to lack of twenty20 specialists. In fact, there were not many enough emerging players in the Australian squad for the twenty20 world cup 2007.


Now, it seems that Australian selectors have made the same mistake this time too as they have called a number of test regulars in Australia’s twenty20 world cup 2009 squad. Except opener David Warner, there is no twenty20 specialist in the team. Players like Captain Ricky Ponting, stand-in captain Michael Clarke, Brad Haddin, James Hopes, Brett Lee and Nathan Bracken are ODI specialists, while the players like Michael Hussey are test regular. Overall, the squad is very aged and does not feature many young players. So, I think, Australia should have featured a few more twenty20 specialists including hard-hitting batsmen and all rounder.


Here, I am giving the names of Australian squad for the ICC World Twenty20 2009:


Ricky Ponting (capt), Michael Clarke, Nathan Bracken, Brad Haddin, Nathan Hauritz, Ben Hilfenhaus, James Hopes, David Hussey, Mike Hussey, Mitchell Johnson, Brett Lee, Peter Siddle, Andrew Symonds, David Warner, Shane Watson.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Paul Collingwood Wary of the Future of Test Cricket

Twenty20 format has brought lots of money for the cricketers and that is what made England’s twenty20 captain Paul Collingwood worried about the future of test cricket. Collingwood, who earlier captained England’s ODI team, has revealed his concern regarding the bleak future of test cricket. He said that if test cricket can not generate more money in future, then the young generation would be lured by twenty20 format and the shortest version of the game would be the ultimate goal for young generation.


Paul Collingwood recalled his childhood when he was dreaming to play for England in test cricket and take part in the prestigious Ashes series against Australia. He has also added that if a player can receive a 10 times bigger an amount by playing only few weeks in twenty20 format, compared to month long test series, then young generation would only go for the shortest version of the game.


Well, I totally agree with Paul Collingwood and there is no doubt, the future of test cricket is bleak now. In order to keep the longest format of the game alive, ICC should take some major steps to make the format more competitive and less exhaustive. Otherwise, test cricket will also be found in historian’s book one day. Moreover, I am totally excited with the twenty20 format and I can see this as a tool that could be effectively used to spread cricket around the world.


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Monday, May 4, 2009

Mohammad Yousuf Ready to Cut Ties with ICL to Play for Pakistan

Mohammad Yousuf has joined International Cricket League (ICL) last year in a surprise move, but the veteran batsman is now keen to come back into international fold, following BCCI’s recent announcement regarding the opportunity of ICL players to come back into BCCI fold.


Mohammad Yousuf, who played for Lahore Badshahs in ICL, has expressed that he is ready to join Pakistan team, cutting all the ties with ICL. He has also added that playing for Pakistan always comes first to him. The veteran batsman has also revealed the he joined ICL because he had conflict with former captain Shoaib Malik and the previous cricket board administration. Now, Yousuf has said that he has no problem with current captain Younis Khan and the current cricket board administration. Well, it is yet to see if ICL would release him from the contract he signed for them.


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Sunday, May 3, 2009

ICC to USA Cricket Board: Set up a Twenty20 Tournament Like IPL to Battle against APL

International Cricket Council (ICC) has asked USA cricket officials to organize a Twenty20 league in the format of Indian Premier League (IPL) to fight against unofficial American Premier League (APL) which is supposed to take place in October in New York, USA. Here, it is notable that APL officials has already signed some of the players from rebel Indian Cricket League (ICL) and is all set to venture into a big-money twenty20 league in America where cricket is mostly popular among the South Asian residents only.


Inderjit Bindra, principal advisor of ICC, has said that regulation is not enough to stop the unauthorized cricket tournaments like APL and ICL. He has also stressed that it is also very important to formulate a twenty20 tournament like IPL and that is what, he advised to USA cricket board to do. Inderjit Bindra, who is a member of IPL governing council, thinks that American cricket should have an authorized twenty20 cricket league in the presence of some of the top international players.


I do not think that it was an advice from ICC for USA cricket board. Rather, it was an advice from BCCI. Mr. Bindra is involved with IPL, and how can I be sure that his advice would not be biased. To be honest, I am just disappointed to see the kind of hegemony BCCI is practicing in world cricket. If APL has a player like Imran Nazir, then what is the problem? The players like Imran Nazir have already represented their country in international cricket for years. If that is true, then what is the problem in giving recognition of ICL or IPL? Only BCCI people know that answer.


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Saturday, May 2, 2009

ICL Still Confident to Move on

BCCI has recently given a chance to Indian players who have contracts with ICL to come back into international fold by terminating their contracts by 31 May 2009. The players will be allowed to play domestic cricket right after they terminate their contracts with ICL, and after one year, they will also be considered for international selection.


Well, it was reportedly a huge blow for ICL as there could be a number of players who would tempted to walk away from their ICL contracts and would like to join BCCI fold. However, an ICL official has recently made it clear that no player would be allowed to walk away from their contract until their contracts expire. It has been indicated that ICL might go for legal action if needed. However, it has also been reported that ICL would not extend contract of some of the officials and players whose contract have already expired.


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Friday, May 1, 2009

Pakistan Great Imran Khan Hails Indian Pacer Ishant Sharma

Former Pakistan great Imran Khan has said that Ishant Sharma could be a match winning bowler for Indian team, if the pacer can avoid injury and remains fit consistently. Ishant Sharma has been one of the key figures of the current Indian team and he has huge contribution to the successes of Indian team over the last one year. Along with Zaheer Khan, Ishant Sharma has now formed a lethal pace attack in Indian team. Unlike many other bowlers, Ishant Sharma could dominate the opposition batsmen both at home and overseas.


The kind of applause Ishant Sharma received from a former great like Imran Khan must inspire the bowler to work hard and put extra pressure on his fitness. Injury is common-a-matter for pace bowlers. So, remaining fit is very important for any pacer. Imran Khan earlier praised Irfan Pathan and Shane Bond, but both the players lost their prominence mainly because of their recurring injuries.


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