Monday, August 31, 2009

PCB asks Mohammad Asif not to open his mouth

I can not understand the reason behind tainted fast bowler Mohammad Asif’s inclusion in the Pakistan squad for ICC Champions Trophy 2009 in South Africa. This matter has created a lot of questions to the cricket fans and former legend players. Now, former chief selector of Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), Abdul Qadir has strongly criticized Pakistan selection committee for selecting Asif.

Mohammad Asif was out of cricket for one year. His ban will end on 22nd September. After that, there will be no prohibition for him to play cricket for Pakistan. Now, PCB ask him avoid media. Otherwise it can create another big problem in his career.

Mohammad Asif is striking bowler of Pakistan team. Batsmen always feel worried to play against him. I think that this year T20 champion team will target to defeat India team. Pakistan cannot defeat India team in any big tournament. So, this time it will be a great opportunity for them to defend and Mohammad Asif can do it with his ball. Let us see how he can perform.

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Sunday, August 30, 2009

Andrew Flintoff is worried abut his knee injury

England all rounder Andrew Flintoff is concerned about his future cricket career. It seems that Flintoff’s knee injury will end his career for long time. If his knee surgery does not go as planned then he can not play cricket for ever. Recently, he has taken retirement from Test cricket. This 31-year-old player last played his match against Australian in Ashes series and he sustained his knee injury during the 2nd Ashes Test. However, he said that he will continue playing in the limited over game.

It is sure that best all rounder Andrew Flintoff is too much worried about surgery. He needs more time to get recover from injury. Due to his injury, he could not get place in England squad which was announced for next month’s ICC Champions Trophy 2009.

Do you think he can come continue his career in the limited over cricket game?

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Saturday, August 29, 2009

Dammika Prasad included in the 15-man Sri Lanka squad

Sri Lankan cricket team has announced their squad for the next month’s ICC Champions Trophy in South Africa. In this 15-man squad, Sri Lankan pace bowler Dammika Prasad has been included. The 26-year-old Prasad has been selected in the place of regular strike bowler Dilhara Fernando and left-arm seamer Isuru Udana. These are two reserve players. The most exciting change in Sri Lanka squad is that Tillakaratne Dilshan has been included.

Sri Lanka is one of the strongest teams in this elite nation tournament. They are now in the second position of the recently announced ICC Test rankings. No doubt, they will get much focus on this up coming tournament. Dammika Prasad is a very good bowler. His good performance against New Zealand helped him getting a place in this squad. It is time to see how he can perform in this tournament.

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Friday, August 28, 2009

Several former Pakistani cricketers criticize Mohammad Asif selection in the 15-member squad

Pakistan’s tainted fast bowler Mohammad Asif’s inclusion in the 15-man squad for ICC Champions Trophy has created a lot of questions over the selection. Several former Pakistani players could not take it easily. They criticized the selection committee. However, former fast bowler Sarfraz Nawaz expressed his feeling saying that Mohammad Asif should not be included in the national squad.

Mohammad Asif has not played any of the matches for last 18 months. Even he did not practice more. Last we saw him playing in the inaugural edition of Indian Premier League. He was accused positive in a drug test and band from international cricket. His ban will end on 22nd September and you should know that Champions Trophy will begin on that day in South Africa.

I think that Mohammad Asif may have to work hard to acclimatize with cricket due to his long absence. Can he play any potential role for his team?

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Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Sri Lanka Pulled off Easy Victory in the First Test at Galle

Sri Lanka took 1-0 lead in the 2-match series after pulling off an emphatic victory by 202 runs in the first test at Galle. The hosts were eyeing the victory on the fourth day when New Zealand was struggling at 30 for 1 while chasing a winning target of 413 runs.

On the final day, New Zealand failed to show any significant resistance, except Captain Daniel Vettori who played a well-made half century. However, it was not enough for New Zealand to save the match as Vettori got out for 67 in his 122-ball innings. Most importantly, New Zealand’s top order failed totally, and they winning margin could have been bigger, unless the lower middle order and lower order could put on some runs on the board.

New Zealand second innings stopped at 210 when wicketkeeper Brendon McCullum got run out for 29 as the last batsman. Sri Lanka’s spin duo Mendis and Muralitharan shared 5 wickets among them, while Thushara picked up 2 wickets. Kulasekara and Jayawardene got a wicket each. Tillakaratne Dilshan was awarded the man of the match award for his match winning performance. The second and final test of the series will start on 26 August at the Sinhalese Sports Club, Colombo.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Sourav Ganguly Becomes Chairman of CAB’s Cricket Development Committee

India’s most successful captain Sourav Ganguly has become the head of cricket development committee in Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB). The announcement came in a working committee meeting in the presence of Ganguly. The committee is assigned to make a plan for the development of cricket in Bengal.

The committee also includes former Indian players like Ashok Malhotra, Pranab Roy and Arun Lal. Besides observing the development process of cricket in the state, the committee would also review the selection process at both junior and senior level.

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Friday, August 21, 2009

Increasing Problem and Corruption in Delhi and District Cricket Association

The problem in Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) is increasing gradually. Corruption and nepotism in the team selection have been a cause of concern for DDCA over the last several years. Recently, Captain Virender Sehwag raised his voice against all the corruption in the state cricket body and threatened to leave Delhi to join Jharkhand next season of Ranji Trophy.


Well, many former and current players of Delhi also joined Sehwag, in an attempt to protest against the interference of sports committee in the selection process. Several senior players like Gautam Gambhir, Ashish Nehra, Aakash Chopra have also expressed their concern over the matter. Selection process is heavily influenced by the outsiders.


The way country’s most popular sport is run in the capital is really very disgraceful. Delhi presented many great players to Indian cricket team in the past. In fact, Sehwag and Gambhir are the two regular openers of Indian team at this moment. So, I think, time has come BCCI should take some steps to eradicate all the corruption and nepotism in the Delhi cricket board. If the game is affected by corruption in the capital, the other parts of the country will gradually be affected too.


I would like to mention one thing that many of officials of DDCA are also active in BCCI and they might try to lead BCCI in the wrong way. This is what I fear most at the moment. Besides IPL, BCCI should also ensure that cricket is being run in the right way in the country.


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Thursday, August 20, 2009

Harsha Bhogle on How to Save Cricket

Prominent television commentator and cricket analyst, Harsha Bhogle, has recently said that the upcoming ICC Champions Trophy 2009 would be a laboratory test for one-day form of cricket. With the increasing popularity of the twenty20 format of Cricket, the future of test and ODI cricket seems uncertain as too much focus is given to twenty20 cricket because of its ever-increasing popularity.


For twenty20 cricket, Harsha Bhogle suggests to introduce franchise based cricket in order to ensure the participation of larger number of cricketers. He also emphasizes on making sporting wickets in test cricket as he believes that test cricket’s future is not uncertain as long as there will be sporting wickets.


Harsha Bhogle has also come up with an idea for twenty20 cricket. He thinks that it is necessary to bring a balance between batting and bowling in the shortest form of the game, and thus is why, he is suggesting longer boundaries for twenty20 cricket in what, he believes, would bring the much-needed balanced between batting and bowling.


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Saturday, August 15, 2009

John Wright on His Relationship with Sourav Ganguly

John Wright, former coach of Indian cricket team, has recently said that he had a great relationship with former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly. During an interview with The Hindu, the former New Zealand cricketer was full of praise about Ganguly. He thinks that Ganguly was able to give aggression among the young players of the side and got along very well with the young cricketers. Wright also added that though he had differences with Ganguly, both of them shared common goal and trusted each other. That was what instrumental behind their successful captain-coach relationship.


When inquired if he would become the next coach of IPL franchise Kolkata Knight Riders, John Wright said that the franchise authority had been talking to him about it, but nothing was confirmed yet. There are reports out in the media claim that the New Zealand coach could be the new coach of KKR, and thus, he could be professionally involved with Ganguly once again. John Wright is now in India to guide touring New Zealand A team.


Thursday, August 13, 2009

Tri Series 2009: Uncertainty Over Virender Sehwag

Virender Sehwag is perhaps the most aggressive opened in world cricket today. His form is not bad but he is now suffering injury. He has been trying hard to make a comeback in the tri series to be played in Sri Lanka next month. It is not clear whether Virender Sehwag will make in to the team or not.

The Hindu wrote:

With only three days to go for the selection of the Indian cricket squad for the Sri Lanka tri-series, uncertainty still looms over Delhi dasher Virender Sehwag. Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni failed to confirm Thursday whether the injured opener would be available for the tour.

Sehwag is now undergoing rehabilitation after his shoulder surgery in June and skipped the pre-season fitness camp in Delhi.

The fans would surely want to get Sehwag back. Well, it is not clear whether Dhoni wants him or not for the tour. May be Indian selectors should give Sehwag some more time to become fit.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Zaheer Khan to Miss ICC Champions Trophy 2009

Star Indian pacer Zaheer Khan is going to miss the upcoming Champions Trophy starting from 24 September. No doubt, it is a big blow for team India as the left hand pacer has been in excellent over the last one year and it would be not easy for India to deal with his absence in this elite tournament.


Zaheer underwent a shoulder injury last month and it is pretty much confirmed that he would not be able to come back in action before the seven match ODI home series against Australia due to take place in November-December. In fact, he might miss the Australia series too, unless he recovers as per the plan.


In his absence, other pacers like Ishant Sharma, RP Singh would have to take some extra responsibility in order to bridge up the void left by Zaheer Khan. India’s overall performance is pretty much satisfactory over the last one year, but Team India failed to deliver their best in Twenty20 world cup this year. So, Indian fans are expecting a strong come back by their players in Champions trophy, a tournament that India could not win yet. Now, let us see if Indian team can successfully deal with Zaheer Khan’s absence and show some strong performance in ICC Champions trophy 2009 in South Africa.


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Friday, August 7, 2009

Sachin Tendulkar About His Career and World Cricket

Sachin Tendulkar has recently expressed his wish to continue his already glorious career for at least 2 more years. The batting maestro has also set a target to reach 15,000 runs in test cricket that, he says, Sunil Gavaskar has requested him to accomplish. Sachin thinks that he is good at cricket and that is why, he wants to stretch his career little longer. In fact, he wants to play the 2011 ICC World Cup scheduled to take place in the subcontinent.


Sachin Tendulkar already has 12,773 runs in test cricket, and thus, is sitting atop the scoring chart of test cricket. He is not yet pleased with what he has achieved so far. He thinks he still has the passion and love for the game and that is why, he is not thinking about retirement.


When asked about the future of test cricket, Sachin Tendulkar has expressed no worry about the longest version of the game. He thinks that test cricket is still the ultimate version of cricket. He believes that passion and desire for the game are the most important thing; rather than the money involved in Twenty20 cricket which Tendulkar compares with desserts.


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Saturday, August 1, 2009

Kevin Pietersen Worried about the Future of Test Cricket

England batsmen Kevin Pietersen expressed his concern over the decreasing popularity of test cricket. According to Pietersen, test cricket is dying gradually because of ever-increasing popularity of twenty20 cricket around the world. He thinks that popularity of test match cricket has been decreased significantly around the world, but he feels himself fortunate considering the fact that England team can play test match in front of a full crowd in England. Pietersen also said that cricketers would go for the format which will have popularity among the cricket fans. That is why, he is very much worried about the future of test match cricket.


However, Pietersen has assured that he has no plan to quit test cricket. Rather, he wants to continue representing England in test cricket for another 5 to 6 years. Pietersen is now out of action due to injury and would not be able to play the rest of the Ashes series as he would require six weeks to get over the injury.


Well, there are many who are also in fear of the future of test cricket. Now, let us if test cricket can survive amidst the growing popularity of twenty20 cricket.


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