India Cricket News July 2006


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Cricket News July 2006

Tri Series 2006 in Sri Lanka

Rahul Dravid looks to strong start in Sri Lanka tri-series

Indian skipper Rahul Dravid said on Saturday a strong start would be the key to winning the tough triangular one-day cricket series in Sri Lanka next month...

Mark Boucher to lead South Africa in tri-series

Wicketkeeper-batsman Mark Boucher will lead South Africa in the upcoming triseries in Sri Lanka, Cricket South Africa on Monday said...

Australia to take on India and Windies in Kuala Lumpur

World champions Australia will clash with India and the West Indies in a limited-overs tri-series in Singapore and Malaysia in September, the Indian Cricket Board said yesterday.
The exact dates for the tri-series, a prelude to the Champions Trophy tournament in India in October-November, will be announced later. Each team will play the other twice in the league with the top two advancing to the final, Indian Cricket Board secretary Niranjan Shah said in a statement. Three of the seven matches will be played in Singapore and the remaining four in Kuala Lumpur. Singapore has previously hosted three tri-series, the first one in 1996 between India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka at Padang and two in 1999 and 2000 at the new Kallang ground. Kuala Lumpur hosted one-day internationals when cricket was played at the Commonwealth Games in 2002. The ground arrangements for the latest series will be organised by Cricket Australia (CA) while the Indian Cricket Board will handle the marketing and sale of television rights, the statement added. CAs chief executive James Sutherland said in Sydney he was grateful for the support of the Malaysian Cricket Association and the Singapore Cricket Association.

Sachin Tendulkar felt let down by Dravid's declaration

A high-voltage behind the scenes drama was sparked off in the Indian dressing room by Rahul Dravids abrupt declaration in the Multan test which left Sachin Tendulkar stranded only six runs short of a double century, the then coach John Wright has revealed.
Tendulkar, batting on 194 in the first test against archrivals Pakistan, left no one in doubt that he felt let down, Wright says in his just-published book Indian Summers, disclosing for the first time the tense moments the Indian camp went through although publicly every effort had been made at that time to play down the controversy. Acknowledging that the team management had a hot potato on our hands, the former New Zealand captain says he spent a sleepless night whereas captain Sourav Ganguly, who missed the test because of an injury, was worried that the issue would snowball and end up dividing the team. Wright says no one could be blamed in particular for the situation.

Sri Lankans rewrite Test partnership world record

Mahela Jayawardene smashed the fourth highest score of 374 and shared a world record stand of 624 with Kumar Sangakkara as Sri Lanka battered South Africa in the first Test here on Saturday.
The batting feast at the Sinhalese sports club saw Sri Lanka pile up a mammoth 756-5 declared in reply to South Africa's modest 169 to gain a match-winning lead of 587 runs. Skipper Jayawardene and Sangakkara, who came together on Thursday evening with their team on a precarious 14-2, destroyed the South African attack in the best ever partnership in the history of Test cricket. The third-wicket pair surpassed the previous best of 576 for the second wicket by fellow-Sri Lankans Sanath Jayasuriya and Roshan Mahanama against India at the Premadasa stadium here in 1997. Left-handed Sangakkara fell for 287, caught behind chasing a wide ball from Andrew Hall, but Jayawardene batted on to surpass Jayasuriya's Sri Lankan record of 340. Jayawardene crossed West Indian Garfield Sobers' 365 not out and was one run away from equalling Brian Lara's 375 against England in 1994 when he was bowled by an express Andre Nel delivery. Some 4,000 home fans fell silent, having expected Jayawardene to cross the three remaining milestones: Lara's 375, Matthew Hayden's 380 and Lara's world record score of 400 not out. It was the best display by two batsmen in a Test innings since Sobers made the unbeaten 365 and Conrad Hunte 260 for the West Indies against Pakistan in Kingston in 1957-58. Skipper Jayawardene was on 309 when he saw his partner depart just before tea, but himself returned after the break in a bid to overtake Lara's record score. The partnership record came in the second over after lunch through four byes conceded down the leg-side by wicket-keeper Mark Boucher off Boje.

India Under-19 tour in England

India vs England First Test ended in a draw

Adam Lyth and Mark Nelson scored a century each for England under-19 in its second innings against Indian under-19 on the fourth and final day of the first cricket Test, which ended in a draw at Canterbury on Saturday.
Lyth scored 113 and Nelson hit 104 as the host declared at 452 for eight. After Indians took a 195-run first innings lead, England made 452 for eight declared in its second innings. India under-19 was set a target of 257 runs for victory, but it did not get a chance to bat in its second innings.
England U-19 231 and 452 for eight decl. drew with India U-19 426.

Women's cricket

Indian women's cricket team posts first win over Ireland

Karuna Jain and captain Mithali Raj scored half-centuries to guide the Indian women's cricket team to a convincing 107-run win over Ireland in a limited overs game.
After being put in to bat, Indian openers provided a solid start by putting up a 78-run partnership. The fall of Monica Surma (40) did not hinder India's smooth progress as Karuna (56 off 114 balls, including 3 fours) added 77 runs with Mithali (50 off 71 balls). Anjum Chopra, who wore India cap for a record number of 89 one-dayers, scored 28. Later, small contribution by following batters took the Indian total to 212 for 5 in stipulated 48 overs. Jill Whelan was the best of the Irish bowlers returning with figures of 2 for 36. While chasing the challenging target, Ireland were all out for 105 thanks to good bowling performance by the Indians. C Shillington top-scored for Ireland with 31. All the eight bowlers used by Indian captain Mithali Raj came out successful, with Nooshin Al-Khadeer finishing with best figures of 2 for 21 in India's first ever win over Ireland.

BCCI News

Jagmohan Dalmiya is CAB president again

Eden Gardens, the majestic stadium which has witnessed many a cricket cliff-hanger, is all set for a different match off the field Sunday evening as ace cricket administrator Jagmohan Dalmiya fights to retain his presidency in the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) elections. ..

India might play tri-series in Australia in September

With the proposed series against the West Indies in Canada being shelved, the Indian Cricket Board is toying with the idea of playing a tri-series ahead of the Champions Trophy in September...

Indian Team leaves for remote village for training

The Indian cricket team on Wednesday left for their three-day conditioning camp at an isolated location, some 70 km away from Bangalore city.
The players will train at a private farmhouse, belonging to a local businessman K P Prabhu, at Kallukottai village near Doddaballapur. The training will be conducted by Surjit Singh, a retired Indian Air Force official who also runs an adventure sports academy named Piggasuss. Singh said the cricketers will undergo some exercise at the remote place in order to improve their mental toughness. "They will do rock climbing and a little bit exercise which will improve their mental fitness," he told.

Top End Series News

New Zealand A win final match

The final contest in the Top End series was played between New Zealand A and Pakistan A in Cairns...

Australia A and Pakistan A teams in tie

Mitchell Johnson took two wickets and effected a run out in the final over to help Australia A to a thrilling tie with Pakistan A in a limited overs match in the Top End cricket series yesterday...

New Zealand A beat India A by 7 wickets

A five wicket haul to Mark Gillespie and another Jesse Ryder century were the highlight performances of a comfortable New Zealand A win at Cazaly's Stadium...

Tri Series 2006 in Sri Lanka

Tough task for India in Tri-series

India may have a tough task in the one-day international Tri-series in Sri Lanka if past records are taken into account...

Australian and Indian cricket teams may play in Singapore in September

Cricket teams from world champions Australia and powerhouse India might be headed to Singapore in September.
A large following of about a hundred million TV audiences that's India's draw wherever they go to compete. In 1999, huge crowds greeted the Indian team when it visited Singapore for a triangular. The Singapore Cricket Association says negotiations are at the final stages for the Indians' next trip here. The team also competed at Kallang in 1996. A good track record of hosting big teams aside, Singapore has the added advantage of having the only International Cricket Council-approved pitch in this part of the world. World Champs Australia also could be headed this way for the first time. Discussions are in the final stages with a team from Cricket Australia coming here for a site recce. Should the deal go through, Singapore Cricket Association says that they would go ahead with the two-week tournament even if a third team cannot participate. Organisers are also getting the support of other local bodies that are also realising the potential of cricket.

BCCI News

India to play nine ODI series in five years

The Indian cricket team will play as many as nine one-day series abroad between 2006 and 2010, a top board official has disclosed. And, this will not be part of the five-match annual one-day series that India and Pakistan will be playing at a neutral venue for five years, starting this year or the next...

BCCI cancels ODI series with West Indies

The One-Day International cricket series between India and West Indies will not be held in Canada as the host nation is not prepared to stage the matches this year, Indian Cricket Board said on Friday...

Sachin Tendulkar, Dinesh Mongia back in Team India

Sachin Tendulkar will return to the India team for next month's tri-series in Sri Lanka following the shoulder injury that has sidelined him since March.
Selectors included India's premier batsman in a 15-man squad on Friday for the series involving Sri Lanka and South Africa to be played in Colombo from August 14-29. In another other change to the squad that lost a one-day series 4-1 in West Indies in May, left-handed all-rounder Dinesh Mongia was recalled after a year's absence. Opener Robin Uthappa and middle-order batsman Venugopal Rao have been dropped. The team will undergo a two-phased camp in Bangalore before leaving for Sri Lanka on Aug. 10. India Team : Rahul Dravid (Captain), Virender Sehwag, Sachin Tendulkar, Yuvraj Singh, Mohammad Kaif, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (wicketkeeper), Suresh Raina, Ajit Agarkar, Irfan Pathan, Shanthakumaran Sreesanth, Munaf Patel, Harbhajan Singh, Ramesh Powar, Dinesh Mongia, Rudra Pratap Singh.

Top End Series News

Pakistan 'A' win by two wickets

Pakistan A has beaten Australia A by two wickets with three balls to spare in a nail-biting Top End Series Twenty20 clash at Cazaly's Stadium in Cairns on Sunday...

Fulton leads New Zealand A to easy win

A tight bowling display was backed up by excellent innings by Peter Fulton and Ross Taylor as New Zealand A cruised to an emphatic win over Queensland at Cazaly's Stadium...

Rains ensure draw in India 'A' Australia 'A' match

Australia A has been denied a shot at victory after the final day of the four-day match against India A was washed out as a consequence of heavy rain...

Openers keep India 'A' in the hunt

India 'A' openers Robin Uthappa (67) and Gautam Gambhir (40) gave the team a good start in the second innings but the visitor would have to bat out the entire fourth day of the Top End Series to save the match against its Australian counterpart...

BCCI News

BCCI to have own stadium for 2011 Cup

The Board of Cricket Control in India (BCCI) recently announced setting up of its first completely owned stadium at New Delhi for the 2011 World Cup Final Clash...

Tri Series 2006 in Sri Lanka

Indian team for tri-series selection today

All speculation has come to an end with regard to Sachin Tendulkar's fitness, with the BCCI on Tuesday announcing that the veteran of 362 one-day internationals has made satisfactory progress from his shoulder injury...

Top End Series News

Australia A in complete control

Australia A finished day two in a commanding position, after declaring their first innings closed at 461-4 they have India 221-7 still 240 runs behind...

India Under-19 tour in England

India beat England by 41 runs

A scintillating all-around effort by Indian under-19 team outsmarted their English counterparts as the visitors posted a convincing 41-run win in the opening one-dayer in Derby. Three half centuries by skipper Tanmay Srivastav (64), Uday Kaul (62) and Virat Kohli (64 not out) helped India put on a challenging 249 for four in 50 overs after electing to bat in the first of three day and night encounters at the County ground. The bowlers followed up the good job and folded up the hosts for just 186 in 38.3 overs. An effective spin-pace combination of Vijay Kumar, and Yo Mahesh (3-35) and Shahbaz Nadeem (2-29) found the English batsmen on murky waters.

Sachin Watch

Sachin Tendulkar Declared Fit For The Matches In Sri Lanka

Sachin Tendulkar was declared fit for the upcoming one-day international triangular series in Sri Lanka after recovering from his shoulder injury, reported Press Trust of India sources.
The ace batsman has been out of action since March, following a shoulder injury and a subsequent surgery. He tested himself in match situations while playing for celebrity club Lashings in the UK recently. The master batsman is facing no discomfort while batting or throwing and feels that he is ready for the vigor of international cricket. Tendulkar missed the seven-match one-day series against England as also the entire tour of the West Indies because of the injury. The tri-series, also involving South Africa, will begin on August 14. Originally, Tendulkar was scheduled to undergo a fitness test, a day before the Indian squad for the tri-series in Sri Lanka will be named.

Top End Series News

Phil Jaques puts Australia A in control

An unbeaten 199 from opener Phil Jaques helped put Australia A into a commanding position at stumps on day one of their Top End Series four-day match against India A at Cazaly's Stadium in Cairns...

New Zealand vs Pakistan match abandoned due to heavy rain

The four day game between New Zealand A and Pakistan A has been abandoned without a ball being bowled due to heavy rain in Cairns...

Tri Series 2006 in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka name squad for tri-series

With an eye on the World Cup, Sri Lankan selectors have named a 20-member squad for the two-Test series against South Africa and the following tri-series, also involving India...

Anil Kumble unlikely to be picked for tri-series

Anil Kumble, who emerged with a 23-wicket haul in the four-Test series in the West Indies, is almost certain to spend the English summer bowling for Surrey and is not likely to be picked for the tri-series in Sri Lanka...

Twenty20 Match

MS Dhoni set for Twenty20 cricket

Indian wicket-keeper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, in Delhi to fulfil some sponsorship commitments, loves to send the ball out the stadium.
Maybe that's the reason why he would be the happiest cricketer around after BCCI announced its new found love for Twenty20 cricket on Sunday. The 69-run innings against West Indies in the first Test at Antigua was Dhoni's highest score on the Caribbean tour. With just 168 runs from four Tests at an average of 24 against Lara's men, the 25-year-old is now hoping to strike form in the forthcoming tri-series in Sri Lanka next month.
"West Indies pitches were very slow so Sri Lanka will be better. They are very strong at home," said Dhoni. But before the cricket starts, the dashing wicketkeeper batsman is currently enjoying his new found status of this year's MTV Youth Icon of the Year. Along with Dhoni Navjot Singh Sidhu, Abhijeet Sawant, Vijay Mallaya, actor John Abraham and even President APJ Abdul Kalam were in contention for the award. "It feels great. I am sure not just the young but also many old persons also voted for me. They compliment me whenever I move out," Dhoni added. The master of hitting sixes or the master of style, MS Dhoni carries himself with the same elan whether on or off the field.

BCCI accepts Twenty20 Cricket

BCCI on Sunday dropped its opposition to the game's Twenty-20 version, deciding to participate in the inaugural World Cup in South Africa in 2007. "The Indian cricket board was not in favour of the Twenty-20 version, but it was isolated as most other nations supported the idea," said N Srinivasan, BCCI treasurer.
"We've accepted the International Cricket Council's decision in good grace, and agreed to participate in the World Cup," Srinivasan told reporters after a meeting of the high-powered working panel. Niranjan Shah, secretary of the board, said India was the only nation that did not support the Twenty-20 World Cup's proposal in a recent meeting of ICC officials. "We were outvoted 10-1 at the ICC meeting, but won't stay away from the Twenty-20 World Cup," Shah said. India had earlier opposed the ICC's plans to expand the Twenty-20 version's international fixtures, even refusing to entertain the plans to include this shorter game in the 2010 Commonwealth Games - to be staged in the Indian capital of New Delhi. Srinivasan said Indian cricketers would be provided a chance to prepare for shorter version of the game ahead of the Twenty-20 World Cup. A tournament among five regional teams will be played in April-May next year, after the Indian team returns from the limited-overs World Cup in the West Indies, Srinivasan said. "We couldn't introduce any new competition to this year's packed domestic schedule, but the next season's calendar will feature more Twenty-20 matches," he said. Shah said the Indian team would be introduced to the Twenty-20 version when it plays one match against South Africa in November during the coming tour of South Africa.

Tri Series 2006 in Sri Lanka

Kiran More hints at changes in squad

Indian selectors might ring in a few changes in the side for the tri-series in Sri Lanka in order to take their opponents by surprise, Selection Committee Chairman Kiran More has indicated...

Sachin eyes Sri Lanka return

Star batsman Sachin Tendulkar looks likely to feature in India's one-day tri-series in Sri Lanka after enjoying a successful recovery from shoulder surgery...

Top End Series News

India A won by 3 wickets

The fourth day of the match between India A and New Zealand A was eventually to belong to the Indians, as they scrapped their way to a tight three-wicket win against tough opposition...

Australia A and Pakistan A ended in a draw

On the final day of the match between Australia A and Pakistan A a win was still up for grabs. Under cloudy skies and with the forecast of rain, Australia A looked a chance if they could score quickly in the first session...

New Zealand 'A' set India 'A' 206 runs to win

Left-arm pacer Rudra Pratap Singh captured four wickets to give India 'A' visions of victory on the third and penultimate day of their match against New Zealand 'A' in the Top End Series here Thursday...

Hafeez hits ton against Australia

Opening batsman Mohammad Hafeez compiled an imperious 180 runs as Pakistan A notched 431 in reply to Australia A's 510 on the third day of their four-day match in the Top End cricket series yesterday...

Tri Series 2006 in Sri Lanka

BCCI confirms all tringular series matches at Colombo

All the matches of the one-day triangular series involving India, hosts Sri Lanka and South Africa will now be played in Colombo after the Dambulla leg has been scrapped...

Sachin Watch

Sachin Tendulkar will come back stronger

A decision on when Sachin Tendulkar would undergo a fitness test for the tri-series in Sri Lanka is likely to be made tomorrow after Cricket Board officials meet physio John Gloster.
The team for the tri-series is slated to be picked in Mumbai on July 20 and it is speculated that Tendulkar may be included in the squad subject to his passing the fitness test at a later date. The tri-series, also involving South Africa, will be held in Colombo from August 14 to 29. Skipper Rahul Dravid will fly to Mumbai for the meeting of the five-member selection committee headed by former wicketkeeper Kiran More. Tendulkar missed the one-day series against England as also the entire tour of West Indies following a shoulder injury and a subsequent surgery in March. However, the ace batsman looks to be fast on the road to recovery following a rehabilitation programme in the UK where he also turned out in five matches for a celebrity club. Tendulkar himself refused to put a date today to his return to action and said he would undergo a fitness test first to ascertain whether he could make the trip to Sri Lanka.

Sachin Tendulkar will come back stronger

Sachin Tendulkar will come back stronger and one should not have any doubts about his come back to international cricket, the consultant for BCCI Andrew Leipus has said.
The amount of runs he has made for Lashings World XI recently is a testimony to his fitness and form, he noted. Addressing media persons here on Tuesday, Leipus said the champion batsman would be back. "I can for the moment make a subjective decision about his fitness and not an objective one. But I expect him to come back stronger and better," he said. On the player burn out issue, Leipus said the question on volume of cricket played these days needs to be addressed. "Most of the tours are short and compact. One has to look at the issue in its entirety itinerary, tour planning, scheduling of matches. "If there are more gaps between matches, the tours tend to be longer. "It is a 'catch-22' situation, which the authorities concerned should address," he said. On the general fitness of the men in blue, Leipus said one has to assess it on an individual level and not the team as a whole.

Top End Series News

Century for Craig McMillan

New Zealand A captain Craig McMillan smashed a century to put his side in a strong position against India A in their four-day Top End Cricket Series clash in Darwin...

Runs flow, honours even

Shane Watson and Brad Haddin continued their ferocious attack on the Pakistan A bowlers this afternoon, with both picking up centuries...

Tri Series 2006 in Sri Lanka

Sreesanth working on yorkers ahead of Tri-Series

India's new pace spearhead S Sreesanth is keen to develop a potent yorker ahead of the tri-series in Sri Lanka to become a more complete fast bowler...

BCCI not concerned with Lankan politics

India will be playing a tri-series in Sri Lanka in less than a month, the Board for Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) maintained that it did not intend to comment on the internal matters of Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC)...

Election row hits tri-series schedule

A bitter battle to control Sri Lanka's cricket establishment has wrecked the schedule for next month's limited-overs tri-series against India and South Africa....

Marvan Atapattu plans Tri-Series return

Sri Lanka captain Marvan Atapattu hopes to be fit for the forthcoming Tri-Series in Sri Lanka in August...

Twenty20 Match

India urged to embrace Twenty20

Rahul Dravid says India should join the rest of the world in playing Twenty20 domestic cricket but has warned against playing too much internationally.
India is the only one of the 10 Test nations that does not have a domestic 20-over competition following is successful launch in England in 2003. The Board of Control for Cricket in India has also opposed the expansion of the game at international level. However it has reluctantly agreed to take part in the inaugural Twenty20 World Championship in South Africa next year. Dravid captained an International XI at the Brit Oval on Monday in a match that raised 250,000 for survivors of last Octobers Pakistan earthquake. The game, which was supposed to be played in the Twenty20 format, was reduced to 10 overs per side by rain, Dravids side suffering a six-wicket defeat.

Sachin Tendulkar fails to stop Pakistan

Shahid Afridi turned in another astonishing display of hitting with 41 from 12 balls as Pakistan won their charity Twenty20 match against an International XI by six wickets at the Brit Oval.
All-rounder Afridi hit his first four balls, faced in near darkness, from Zaheer Khan for three sixes and a four as Pakistan chased the International XIs 123 for one off 10 overs. They got home off the last ball thanks to a rapid 36 not out from captain Inzamam-ul-Haq. Rain shortened the match but not the excitement as Afridi greeted Scott Styris by hitting his first two deliveries into the crowd before he eventually holed out to Brian Lara at short fine-leg. In all, he hit five sixes and two fours to give the Pakistan innings a real shot in the arm.
Sachin Tendulkar made 50 not out, from 26 balls with eight fours and a six, out of the International XI total as he continued his recovery from the shoulder injury that kept him out of Indias recent series win over West Indies. Tendulkar and Brian Lara (32) put on 72 for the first wicket before Lara walked after inside-edging Abdul Razzaq to the wicket-keeper.
Even in the gloom Lara managed to hit Waqar Younis for three fours in an over and put Razzaq over the fence. Partner Tendulkar received a standing ovation from the 20,000-plus crowd when he reached his half-century but even his batting was overshadowed by the explosive Mahendra Dhoni, who smashed the ball to all parts, making 35 from 13 balls with three fours and three sixes, out of a stand of 51 for the second wicket. Mohammad Sami, who was thought to be struggling to be fit for the first Test against England starting on Thursday, tested out his knee injury by bowling two overs, although nowhere near full pace.

BCCI and Telecast News

The Supreme Court notice to Information and Broadcasting Ministry and the Prasar Bharti

The Supreme Court today issued notices to the Information and Broadcasting Ministry and the Prasar Bharti on Ten Sports' plea to restrain the public broadcaster from interfering with its exclusive telecast rights of the forthcoming major cricket, hockey and tennis events...

Top End Series News

Australia A won by 16 runs

Australia A finally won a match by beating New Zealand A in the second of the Twenty20 matches in Darwin....

Pakistan A beat New Zealand A by 60 runs

The first Twenty20 match in this year's Top End Series has been played and won, with Pakistan A completing a relatively comfortable win over their New Zealand counterparts....

India's spinners do the trick

A commanding display from India A's spin attack played a large hand in an Indian win against Australia A today. An improved batting display from Australia's second team saw them reach 4/182 with 10 overs to spare, but the quick loss of set batsmen Brad Hodge and Shane Watson exposed a fragile tail, and Australia's eventual total of 213 all out was never likely to be enough....

Cricket News

Indian Under-19 cricket team to leave for England tomorrow

Tanmay Srivastav will lead a 15-member Indian Under-19 team which leaves tomorrow for a month-long tour of England. The team will leave from Mumbai and return on August 10 after playing three one-dayers and an equal number of Test matches, a BCCI press release said here today. Team: Tanmay Srivastav (Captain), Harshad Khadiwale, Praveez Aziz, Uday Kaul (Wicket Keeper), Virat Kohli, Sumit Sharma, Ravi Teja, B Sumanth, Omkar Gurav, Yomahesh, Abu Nacheem, Ishant Sharma, Aman Preet Singh, Shahbaz Nadeem, Karan Veer Singh.

India will host the final of the 2011 World Cup

It has been announced that India will host the final of the 2011 World Cup with Sri Lanka and Pakistan sharing a semi-final each, while Bangladesh will host the opening ceremony.
India will host 22 matches, Pakistan 16, Sri Lanka nine and Bangladesh six in total across the tournament. The Pakistan Cricket Board director Abbas Zaidi said that all four cricket boards wanted to see each country benefit from the tournament which saw a pain free process in deciding on each countries allocation of matches.

Toronto to host five ODIs in September

Cricinfo Exclusive: The proposed ODI Series between India and West Indies planned for North America is back on, although all the games are now likely to take place in Canada and not in the USA as originally intended.
It is reported from Canada that a deal was done between the BCCI and the WICB) when their respective chairmen met during the ICC executive meeting at Lord's this week. The series, which is likely to be played in Toronto in September, had been reportedly scrapped and the boards were said to be looking at alternative venues in the Far East. The sticking point was that the grounds in the USA had not received ICC clearance, but there are no such issues in Toronto which has already hosted one-day games. There are other issues which could prove a stumbling block, not least that the West Indies players are said not to have been consulted about their participation in the series which they need to be as it falls outside the ICC's Future Tours Programme. The WICB, which is heavily in debt, will have to make separate financial arrangements with them.

Sachin Watch

Sachin Tendulkar hits yet another ton

Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar's imperious run of form continued with the Indian batting star slamming yet another hundred for Lashings World XI in a 35-over cricket match against Sutton Valence School.
Tendulkar hit 105, his fourth century in five innings since he joined the celebrity club last month, to guide Lashings to a comprehensive 70-run victory in the match staged on Thursday at Kent. His India and Mumbai mate Ajit Agarkar also wielded the willow with aplomb, making 54 and helping Lashings to 254 for 6 in 35 overs. Michael Coles (3/65) and Simon Higgins (2/47) took the wickets for Sutton. Sutton's reply was shaped up by Ben Price who made 51 and Martin Taplin (27). But with Clare Connor accounting for five of the wickets for 24 runs and Sophie Simmonds picking 3 for 52, it was always beyond the school boys to put it across the star-studded rival line-up.

Sachin Tendulkar hits a crackling 98

Sachin Tendulkarproved he has not lost his appetite for runs and struck a masterly 98 as Lashings World XI spanked Middleton Cricket Club by 92 runs in their away match at West Sussex.
Put into bat, Lashings World XI reached a commanding 274 for seven in 40 overs. Tendulkar top-scored with 98, while former Zimbabwe captain Tatenda Taibu contributed 70 and ex-Pakistan skipper Rashid Latif scored 41 before retiring. For the hosts, Matt Ellicott (2/44) and Tom Seaman (2/50) claimed two wickets apiece. Chasing a victory target of 275, Middleton were skittled out for 182 with Bruce Scott top-scoring with 41. Scott sustained a nasty knee injury while batting and was taken to hospital before the end of the game.

Top End Series News

New Zealand A won by 167 runs

New Zealand A scored another easy win in a limited over match against a Chief Minister's XI in the Top End series...

New Zealand A won by 28 runs

New Zealand A 'White' have beaten the Northern Territory Chief Minister's XI by 28 runs thanks mainly to a century from Matthew Bell....

India A won by 130 runs

Opener Gautam Gambhir smashed an unbeaten 142 as India 'A' thrashed Pakistan 'A' by 130 runs in a limited-overs match in the Top End cricket series at the Marrara Cricket Ground in Darwin, Australia....

New Zealand A won by 8 wickets

An Australia A team led by Brad Haddin and full of talented and experienced players at the international level, were no match for New Zealand A (Black) in the first match in the Top End series played at Mararra Cricket Ground, Darwin....

India A won by 10 wickets

India A, who have made their way up to sweaty Northern Australia for the upcoming Top End Series, easily disposed of the Northern Territory Chief Minister's XI...

Sri Lanka post highest ODI score

Sri Lanka created a new world record for the highest team total in one-day internationals on Tuesday, when they smashed 443 for 9 before crushing minnows the Netherlands by 195 runs in the first of a two-match series in Amstelveen.
In reply, the hosts could score only 248, bowled out in 48.3 overs. 1996 world champions Sri Lanka beat the previous world record of 438 for 9, set by South Africa in an unbelievable run chase against Australia in March this year. For Sri Lanka, opener Sanath Jayasuriya led the charge on Tuesday with a blazing knock of 157 from 104 deliveries, including 24 boundaries and a six Tillkaratne Dilshan finished the innings off in style, with a quickfire century. He scored 117 from 79 balls, with 15 boundaries and two sixes. The Dutch made a brave attempt with the bat to restore some pride after the battering in the first part of the match, but kept losing wickets at regular intervals. Tim de Leede gave the sparse home crowd some moments to cheer, scoring 51 from 42 balls, with six boundaries and a six. Fast bowler Dilhara Fernando (3 for 39) and leg-spinner Kaushal Lokuarachchi (3 for 41) took three wickets each for Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka 443 for 9 in 50 overs beat The Netherlands 248 all out in 48.3 overs by 195 runs

Twenty20 Match

Sachin Tendulkar for charity clash at The Oval

Indian superstar Sachin Tendulkar is to play for an international XI next week in a fund-raising match for victims of the Pakistan earthquake, organisers announced yesterday.
A star-studded side is due to take on Pakistan in a Twenty20 international at The Oval on July 10. Tendulkar, who is easing himself back into action after shoulder surgery, will be expected to open the batting for a side that will be skippered by India captain Rahul Dravid and also include wicket-keeper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, as well as the likes of Brian Lara and Muttiah Muralitharan. The match is being organised by Surrey county cricket club, whose chief executive, Paul Sheldon, voiced his delight at having secured Tendulkar's services.
The squad for the international XI also includes three England-based Pakistanis in Azhar Mahmood, Mohammad Akram and Saqlain Mushtaq. Proceeds of next week's match will go to those who have suffered as a result of the quake which struck northern Pakistan last October. International XI (from): Rahul Dravid (Captain), Mahendra Singh Dhoni (wicket-keeper), Sachin Tendulkar, Muttiah Muralitharan, Brian Lara, Chris Cairns, Makhaya Ntini, Andrew Hall, Scott Styris, Azhar Mahmood, Mohammad Akram, Saqlain Mushtaq.

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Indian captain Rahul Dravid has overtaken England's Graham Gooch to be placed sixth in the all-time list of leading run getters in Test cricket.
Dravid surpassed Gooch's tally of 8,900 runs from 118 Tests during his knock of 81 in India's first innings on the opening day of the fourth and final Test against West Indies here. The stylish right-handed batsman currently has 8,981 runs from 104 Tests at an average of 58.70. In making his runs yesterday, Dravid also placed himself on the top of the list of run getters for 2006. He currently has 978 runs, including three centuries and six 50s, from 10 Tests at an average of 75.23 this year. With his 81, his 45th Test 50, Dravid took his career average as captain to 50 - 1225 runs in 29 innings with three centuries and seven 50's.
From the current series, Dravid has aggregated 428 runs at an average of 85.60 to become the first batsman from either teams to touch the 400-run mark. This is Dravid's best ever performance against West Indies, surpassing his aggregate of 404 at 57.71 in the five-Test series in 2001-02.

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Anil Kumble bowls India to historic victory

Anil Kumble bowled India to their first series win in the Caribbean for 35 years on Sunday and their first outside the sub-continent for 20 years.
The leg-spinner's performance lifted his side to a 49-run victory over West Indies and a 1-0 series win in the fourth and final test in Kingston. The first three tests at the Antigua Recreation Ground, the Beausejour Cricket Ground, and Warner Park had ended in draws. West Indies, set 269 to win, had staggered to 144 for seven before wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin's unbeaten half-century lifted them to 219 all out. Kumble finished with six for 78, claiming the last five wickets after tea as he bamboozled the lower-order batsmen with cunning, varied bowling.
Fourth Test, Kingston, day three (close): India (200 & 171) bt West Indies (103 & 219) by 49 runs

Rahul Dravid fifty puts India in charge

India ended day two of the final Test on 128-6, giving them an overall lead of 225, after they bowled West Indies for just 103 at Jamaica's Sabina Park.
Captain Rahul Dravid was unbeaten on 62 but scoring again proved difficult on a pitch offering inconsistent bounce as seamer Jerome Taylor took 3-28. Earlier, off-spinner Harbhajan Singh took 5-13 in just 27 balls to help skittle the Windies in 33.3 overs.
Even still, India know that with the Windies needing to make the most runs ever to win at Sabina Park, they are in with a great chance of clinching their first series win in the Caribbean since 1971.
Fourth Test, Kingston, day two (stumps): India 200 & 128-6 v West Indies 103

Jerome Taylor destroys India

A brilliant five-wicket haul from Jerome Taylor has helped the West Indies bundle India out for just 200 on the first day of the fourth Test in Jamaica.
Taylor decimated the Indian batsman in scenes reminiscent of the West Indian glory days, his lightning-fast pace seeing him finish the innings 5-50. Only a typically gutsy effort from Rahul Dravid, and a supporting knock from Anil Kumble, saved the tourists from further embarrassment after they had slumped to 6-91. The Indian skipper smashed 10 fours on his way to 81, while Kumble hit seven boundaries during a valuable 45-run knock.
Fourth Test, Kingston, day one (stumps): India 200 v West Indies

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