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Cricket News May 2006

India in West Indies 2006

India batsmen secure warm-up draw

Four players scored half-centuries as India drew their two-day tour match against Antigua and Barbuda.
India bowled the hosts out for 300 on day one before replying with 311-9 on the second day of the match.
Vangipurappu Laxman top scored with 72, while Wasin Jaffer (52), Mohammad Kaif (53) and Mahendra Dhoni (60 not out) were also in the runs.
Spinner Justin Athanaze was the pick of the Antigua and Barbuda attack, taking 3-79 in 21 overs.
Having lost the one-day series 4-1, India are looking for a better performance in the four Tests, the first of which starts on Friday.
India have not won a Test series in the Caribbean for 35 years and were beaten 2-1 on their last tour in 2002 after going 1-0 up with victory in Trinidad.
Tour match, Antigua, day two (close): Antigua & Barbuda 300 drew with India 311-9

Indian bowlers toil in warmup game

India's bowlers toiled for almost the whole first day to dismiss Antigua and Barbuda in their two-day warm-up match on Tuesday.
Antigua and Barbuda were eventually dismissed for 300 and India scored 33 in 10 overs before the close, losing the wicket of Virender Sehwag for six.
Former West Indies batsman Sylvester Joseph scored 128 not out after defying the Indian attack for over four hours.
India's bowlers stuck to their task on a sluggish pitch with seamer Shanthakumaran Sreesanth taking three late wickets to finish with three for 46 in 15 overs.
Tour match, Antigua, day one (close): Antigua & Barbuda 300; India 33-1

Ramnaresh Sarwan jumps to No.2 in ODI rankings

West Indies batsman Ramnaresh Sarwan has made a leap up the International Cricket Council's One Day International rankings, jumping nine places to number two.
The 25-year old right-hander had an outstanding series against India in the five-match series, scoring 273 runs at an average of 91, to capture the Man-of-the-Series award.
Sarwan scored one of the three centuries of the tour, a brilliant, unbeaten 115 in the third ODI in St Kitts.
This follows up a good series against Zimbabwe where the talented Guyanese player scored 254 runs at an average of 50.80 to break into the top ten for the first time.
While Adam Gilchrist remains at the top of the batting standings, Mahendra Dhoni has slipped two places to number four after moderate performances in the series against the West Indies.
Indian opener Virender Sehwag, who finished with 237 runs in the just-concluded series to be the team's leading run-scorer, has moved six places up in the standings to 18th spot.

Brian Lara ready to floor India with green tracks in Tests

West Indian skipper Brian Lara has said that after bringing down the Indians in the one-day series with slow tracks, the hosts were ready to repeat the dose in the Tests by rolling out "green wickets".
Lara said that Indias world class spin attack would be a difficult propostion for his batsmen on wearing pitches while bouncier ones could thwart the visitors strong batting line-up.
Indian skipper Rahul Dravid for his part said the visitors would be keen to shrug aside the one-day debacle and bounce back in the four-Test series starting with the first at Antigua on June 2.
Lara was pleased with the fact that the hosts rested key players and still dominated India, who went into the series as world No 2 and favourites.
Man-of-the series Ramnaresh Sarwan said the Sunday win would give his team the psychological edge.

BCCI News

BCCI to finalise tour fixtures on 31 May

The Programmes and Fixtures Committee of the Board of Control for Cricket in India will meet here on 31 May to finalise the upcoming tours....

India in West Indies 2006

West Indies announces squad for first Test

Left-arm spinner Dave Mohammed was recalled as West Indies selectors largely retained the triumphant one-day squad for the first cricket Test against India beginning in Antigua on Friday.
The two players who were left out were Dwayne Smith and Sewnarine Chattergoon who was castled for a duck in the last one-dayer yesterday, the only look-in he got in the five-match series which West Indies clinched 4-1.
The 26-year-old Mohammed, who last played for West Indies in 2004, was rewarded for his consistent first-class performances and his match-winning show in Carib Beer Challenge.
The wicketkeeper's slot was given to 21-year-old Denesh Ramdin ahead of Jamaica's Carlton Baugh Junior, according to a statemen from the West Indies Cricket Board.
Ramdin was dropped for the third and fourth matches of the one-day series but the selectors retained faith in his services in the longer format of the game.
Shivnarine Chanderpaul, who missed the final two one-day internationals in Trinidad due to a hamstring injury, is back along with Daren Ganga, the Test opener, who toured New Zealand recently. Test Squad: Brian Lara (Captain), Christopher Gayle, Daren Ganga, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Marlon Samuels, Runako Morton, Dwayne Bravo, Denesh Ramdin (Wicket Keeper), Ian Bradshaw, Jerome Taylor, Corey Collymore, Fidel Edwards, Dave Mohammed.

Pace and spin sweep West Indies to victory

West Indies struck with pace and spin to take the last six wickets for 66 runs and win the fifth and final one-day international against India by 19 runs on Sunday.
India, chasing West Indies' score of 255 for six, were all out for 236 in 48 overs to hand the hosts their fourth successive victory in the series after India had won the first match.
Opening batsman Virender Sehwag had put India in control with his innings of 95 off 103 deliveries but new-ball bowler Jerome Taylor then returned to the attack with a burst of three for eight in four overs to wrestle the West Indies back into the game.
Earlier, a second successive unbeaten half-century by Dwayne Bravo boosted the West Indies after the hosts were sent into bat first by India.
Fifth One-day international, Trinidad: West Indies 255-6 (50 overs) bt India 236 (48 overs) by 19 runs

Lara wants to extend winning streak

Windies cricket captain Brian Lara has vowed that todays final Digicel One-Day International series contest against India, at the Queens Park Oval in Port-of-Spain would not produce a complacent display by his side.
Since he was reappointed as the Windies skipper a month ago, Lara led the regional team to a 5-0 triumph over Zimbabwe in a recent home one-day contest. He declared on Thursday that this weekends matches would be his last international appearances in front of his home crowd.
Windies Test squad: Brian Lara (Captain), Christopher Gayle, Sewnarine Chattergoon, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Wavell Hinds, Dwayne Bravo, Dwayne Smith, Denesh Ramdin, Dave Mohammed, Corey Collymore, Jerome Taylor
India Test squad: AB Agarkar, MS Dhoni, R Dravid (Captain), Harbhajan Singh, M Kaif, MM Patel, SK Raina, V Sehwag, S Sreesanth, AR Uthappa, Yuvraj Singh

Lara leads Windies to series win

Brian Lara hit 69 to help the West Indies clinch the one-day series against India with a six-wicket win on his home ground in Trinidad. The West Indies captain hit his runs off 97 balls as his side won with six overs to spare to take a 3-1 lead in the five-match series.
West Indies put India into bat and restricted them to 217-7 before replying with 218-4 in 44 overs. The tourists slumped to 47-3, with captain Rahul Dravid among the early casualties, before Mohammad Kaif (62) and Yuvraj Singh (52) put on 80 for the fourth wicket.
One-day international, Trinidad: India 217-7 lost to West Indies 218-4 by 6 wickets

Windies Looks For ODI Series Win Over India

Windies cricket fans across the world are hoping the Brian Lara-led team can seize victory in the final two One Day International match-up against India. The Windies are set to face the cricket worlds ranked number three, India, in the final two ODIs of the Digicel home series at a sold-out match at the Queens Park Oval in Trinidad today, May 26, and on Sunday, May 28.
The Windies are 2-1 into the series after the back-to-back thrillers at Sabina Park in Jamaica and Warner Park in St. Kitts recently. The West Indies has replaced Wavell Hinds and Sewnarine Chattergoon with injured Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Runako Morton for this weekend matches.

Wavell Hinds to replace Chanderpaul in last two ODIs

Wavell Hinds and Sewnarine Chattergoon will replace Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Runako Morton in the West Indies squad for the last two ODIs against India.
Chanderpaul has pulled a hamstring, however, he will remain with the team, Windies media manager said. Runako has been dropped on account of his poor show in the series.
He refused comment whether Chanderpaul will be fit for the Test series.
Hinds has opened with Chris Gayle in the one dayers. A two ODI veteran Sewnarine Chattergoon is a left-hand opening batsman. West Indies Squad : Brian Lara (Captain), Christopher Gayle, Sewnarine Chattergoon, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Wavell Hinds, Marlon Samuels, Dwayne Smith, Dwayne Bravo, Carlton Baugh Jr., (wicketkeeper), Corey Collymore, Fidel Edwards, Jerome Taylor, Ian Bradshaw and Dave Mohammed.

India call up Suresh Raina for Tests

Suresh Raina has earned a call up to the India Test side after selectors included the stylish left-handed batsman in a 16-man squad yesterday for next months four-match series in the West Indies.
After impressing in the one-day team, the uncapped 19-year-old was promoted to the Test squad after Sachin Tendulkar ruled himself out of the series on Tuesday, the premier batsman failing to recover completely from shoulder surgery.
Off-spinner Ramesh Powar also earned a place in the squad based on his impressive one-day performances, the uncapped 28-year-old named as a third slow bowler along with Anil Kumble and Harbhajan Singh.
Opting for youth over experience, fast bowler Vikram Rajvir Singh was given the nod ahead of the tried and tested all round skills of Ajit Agarkar.
Wicketkeeper Dinesh Karthick made a comeback into the squad as the second gloveman after Dhoni. India Test squad: R Dravid (Captain), V Sehwag, W Jaffer, VVS Laxman, Y Singh, M Kaif, S Raina, MS Dhoni, D Karthik, I Pathan, S Sreesanth, M Patel, VR Singh, A Kumble, H Singh, R Powar.

West Indies bt India by 4 wickets in the 3rd ODI

Ramnaresh Sarwan hit a century in his 100th one-day international as West Indies beat India with a single ball to spare to take a 2-1 lead in the series. Chasing 246 in the first international ever in St Kitts, Sarwan (115no) put on 106 with Shiv Chanderpaul (58) and the West Indies got home by four wickets.
After Rahul Dravid fell early, Virender Sehwag (96) put on 61 with Suresh Raina and 112 with Mohammad Kaif. But six wickets, including three run-outs, fell for 33 runs in 12 overs.
Warner Park, the small, scenic, intimate ground that has undergone a fascinating transformation for Cricket World Cup 2007, hosted its first international match and to mark the grand occasion, the Government declared a public holiday for the third Digicel One-Day International.
West Indies Cricket Squad: Brian Lara (Captain), Christopher Gayle, Runako Morton, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Marlon Samuels, Dwayne Bravo, Carlton Baugh Jr., Ian Bradshaw, Jerome Taylor, Fidel Edwards.
India Cricket Squad: Rahul Dravid (Captain), Virender Sehwag, Irfan Pathan, Mohammed Kaif, Suresh Raina, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Venugopal Rao, Ramesh Powar, Harbhajan Singh, Ajit Agarkar, Munaf Patel.
One-day international, St Kitts: West Indies 248-6 (49.5 overs) beat India 245-9 (50 overs) by four wickets

Sachin Watch

Sachin Tendulkar out for six more weeks

Sachin Tendulkar, who has already missed Indias current tour of the West Indies, will have to wait for another six weeks for return to competitive cricket during which he will continue with a structured rehabilitation programme of his right shoulder, according to doctors who examined him here today.
The batting maestro, who flew in here this morning from Mumbai for an examination by a team of doctors that had done a surgery on his shoulder two months ago, was reviewed at the Hospital of St John and St Elizabeth London.
The doctors reached at the conclusion that Tendulkars shoulder is not ready for competition at the international level, although his recovery is proceeding well and as expected, a hospital statement said later.
Tendulkars shoulder is now stable and it is regaining a full range of motions although strength remains slightly weak, the statement said, adding: His biceps repair is in tact but he has some slight discomfort on stressing the tendon and it is also a little weak.

Sachin Tendulkar to take fitness test in Mumbai

The much-awaited fitness test of Sachin Tendulkar will be held in Mumbai on Tuesday.
The test will determine whether the master batsman is available to play in the four-Test series in the West Indies starting from June 2. Sachin, who is undergoing training at the MRF Pace Foundation in Chennai last week, was operated for a shoulder injury in March earlier this year.
Former Indian team physiotherapist Andrew Leipus and selection committee chairman Kiran More would be present during the test which will take place at the Bandra Kurla complex ground. Along with the Bombay Bomber, opener Wasim Jaffer, who suffered a shin injury, will also appear for the test.
The Indian team for the Test series will be announced in Mumbai on May 24. Tendulkar, however, leaves for London on Tuesday night to meet his surgeon Andrew Wallace.

India in West Indies 2006

Windies name unchanged squad

West Indies named an unchanged 14-man squad for the third one-dayer against visiting India to be played in St Kitts today.
The hosts scored a dramatic one-run victory in the second one-dayer on Saturday to level the five-match series 1-1.
India won the opening match by five wickets. The final two one-dayers will be played in Trinidad on May 26 and May 28.
West Indies Squad: Brian Lara (Captain), Christopher Gayle, Runako Morton, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Marlon Samuels, Dwayne Smith, Carlton Baugh Jr (wicketkeeper), Corey Collymore, Fidel Edwards, Jerome Taylor, Ian Bradshaw, Dwayne Bravo and Dave Mohammed.

India loses by one run in the 2nd ODI

All-rounder Dwayne Bravo bowled Yuvraj Singh with two balls to spare and West Indies defeated India by one run in a thrilling second one-day cricket international at Sabina Park on Saturday.
Yuvraj had steered the visitors chase with a brilliant 93 but he was last out as India was bowled for 197 off 49.4 overs. West Indies totaled 198 for nine off 50 overs on the back of a gritty, unbeaten 98 from Ramnaresh Sarwan, who was named man of the match. Indias bowlers were impressive with the new-ball pair of Ajit Agarkar (two for 25) and Irfan Pathan (3-45) setting back West Indies early. Offspinners Ramesh Powar (2-38) and Harbhajan Singh (1-32) helped maintain Indias stranglehold throughout the innings.
Samuels, whose 19 took 53 balls, eventually edged to Dhoni off Yuvrajs spin. Dwayne Bravo followed for a duck, clipping Powar to a diving Raina at midwicket. Carlton Baugh injected some life in the innings with 21 off 17 balls and Sarwan accelerated toward the end as West Indies scored 71 runs off the last 10 overs. The 25-year-old Sarwan, in his 99th match, struck seven fours and one six but just missed out on reaching his third one-day century
Team India: Rahul Dravid (Captain), Virender Sehwag, Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina, Mohammad Kaif, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Irfan Pathan, Ramesh Powar, Ajit Agarkar, Harbhajan Singh and Munaf Patel.
Team West Indies: Brian Lara (Captain), Chris Gayle, Runako Morton, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Marlon Samuels, Carlton Baugh Jr, Jerome Taylor, Fidel Edwards, Dwayne Bravo and Ian Bradshaw.
One-day international, Kingston: West Indies 198 for 9 (50.0 overs) beat India 197 all out (49.4 overs) by 1 run

India beat West Indies by 5 wickets in First ODI

Indian captain Rahul Dravid cracked 105 off 102 balls to lead his team to a thrilling five-wicket victory in the rain-hit first one-dayer against West Indies on Thursday.
Dravid scored his 12th one-day hundred and shared in a 123-run fourth wicket partnership with Mohammad Kaif, who struck the winning boundary with one ball to spare to finish unbeaten on 66 after being dropped twice. India reached 254 for five in 44.5 overs chasing the hosts' total of 251 for six. West Indies were put into bat in a game reduced to 45 overs-a-side after rain delayed the start.
India extended their world record for most consecutive one-day international victories chasing a target to 17.
West Indies opener Chris Gayle stroked 123 studded with 18 fours and two sixes, dominating India's largely inexperienced pace attack in the morning. The Jamaican left-hander mixed caution with brute power on a Sabina Park pitch affording early seam movement, adding 87 runs for the first wicket with Runako Morton (23) and 82 with captain Brian Lara (35) for the third. The second game of the five-match series is due to be played at Sabina Park on Saturday.
One-day international, Kingston: West Indies 251-6 (45/45 overs) lost to India 254-5 (44.5 overs)

India to take on West Indies in First ODI

Rahul Dravid's men are all set to take on West Indies in the first one day international in Kingston on Thursday.
India have already started their tour on a high note, winning the opening match against Jamiaca with ease.
But the Kingston pitch is green and fast, and is expected to help the West Indian speedsters.
Meanwhile, Dravid has said the team is feeling the absence of Ramesh Powar and Shreesanth, who are suffering from injuries, but that will not affect the team's morale.
Ramesh Powar had twisted his ankle during practice on Monday, while Sreesanth is carrying a bruised heel from the games in Abu Dhabi last month. Team India: Rahul Dravid (Captain), Virender Shewag , Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina , Venugopal Rao , Mohammad Kaif , Mahendra Dhoni (Wicket Keeper), Irfan Pathan , Ajit Agarkar , Harbhajan Singh , Rudra Pratap Singh , Munaf Patel and Robin Uthappa
Team West Indies: Brian Lara (Captain), Christopher Henry Gayle , Runako Morton, Ramnaresh Ronnie Sarwan , Shivnarine Chanderpaul , Marlon Samuels, Dwayne Smith, Carlton Baugh (Wicket Keeper), Corey Collymore, Fidel Edwards, Jerome Taylor, Ian Bradshaw, Dwayne Bravo, Dave Mohammad.

Denesh Ramdin left out for the first 2 ODI's

Wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin has been again left out of the West Indies 14-man squad for the first two One Day Internationals against India scheduled for Sabina Park, Jamaica tomorrow and Saturday...

Ramesh Powar out of two ODIs

The Indian cricket team had a major injury worry at the start of the West Indies tour with off-spinner Ramesh Powar being rendered unfit for the first one-day internationals and fast bowler Sreesanth too looking a doubtful starter...

India claim easy win over Jamaica

India began their tour of the West Indies with a thumping 116-run victory over Jamaica in a warm-up match in Montego Bay on Tuesday.
Winning the toss and electing to bat, the Indians hit up 289-7 and then bowled out the home side for 173 in 45 overs.
Suresh Raina put the visitors on course for a big score with an entertaining 50 before retiring. Mohammad Kaif and Mahendra Dhoni, who hit three sixes, then tore apart the home attack, scoring 49 each.
Jamaica were always under pressure after the loss of two early wickets.
Seamer Munaf Patel was the pick of the Indian bowlers, claiming three wickets for 33 runs.
The first of five One-Day Internationals is on Thursday in Kingston.
India in West Indies : Practice Match, Montego Bay India 289-7 beat Jamaica 173 by 116 runs

BCCI News

BCCI for Sri Lanka Tri-series in August

The Indian cricket board is keen that the forthcoming triangular one-day series in Sri Lanka, with South Africa as the third team, is scheduled between August 15 and 30 and not in September as has been proposed by the Lankan board...

BCCI plans cricket TV channel

The Board of Cricket Control in India is planning to set up its own company to start a cricket-specific TV channel. Apart from beaming cricket played in India, the BCCI cricket TV channel will also bid for international ricket matches played abroad. It will also look at business opportunities in radio broadcasting, Internet and other sunrise sectors...

India to host Afro-Asia tournament in September

India to host the Afro-Asia cricket tournament in September. According to an ICC press release issued in London, the second edition of the Afro-Asia tournament will be accorded full one-day status, similar to the first edition, which was held in August 2005 in South Africa...

India in West Indies

India must adapt quickly

India's coach Greg Chappell believes the key to success in the one-day cricket series against West Indies would lie in how quickly his team adapts to the conditions in the Caribbean. ..

Lara satisfied with West Indies Team

West Indies captain Brian Lara has labelled his team's shutout of Zimbabwe an encouraging build-up to face India in their series starting later this week in Jamaica...

Bowling, fielding to decide series

As the one-day international series against Zimbabwe draws to a close in the Caribbean this weekend, the West Indies team will be turning their attention to the upcoming five ODIs against their next opponents India. This will be a completely different kettle of fish for the Windies. While Zimbabwe linger at the bottom of both Test and ODI rankings, India have been proving their worth in both forms of the game, and not just on home soil...

Remote chance of Sourav Ganguly's return

Former BCCI president Raj Singh Dungarpur on Sunday virtually ruled out the possibility of former captain Sourav Ganguly returning to the Indian side, saying the impressive performance of the young brigade had left no place for him in the team.
Dungarpur, who was in Varanasi to attend a coaching clinic, however, showered praise on the Bengal batsman for his contribution to Indian cricket and mentioned his innings in the Karachi Test against Pakistan earlier this year.
The former captain scored valuable runs in both innings of the match and also took a superb catch, but his performance was not enough to retain his place in the team

India and West Indies to play in USA

The West Indies and India agreed Thursday to return international cricket to North America later this year, signing an agreement recently in Dubai in which both boards also pledged to assist each other's development.
The West Indies Cricket Board announced that the first major project between the two nations will be organizing a series of between three to five one-day internationals in the United States and Canada targeted for August and September.
WICB president Ken Gordon signed the agreement with representative of the Board of Control for Cricket in India, I.S. Bindra, at the International Cricket Council Board meeting late last month.
Canada has hosted 22 limited-overs internationals between 1996 and 1999. India and Pakistan contested the Sahara Cup in 1996, 1997 and 1998 before political tensions forced a close to the series.
The West Indies filled the void in 1999, playing India and Pakistan at the Toronto Cricket, Skating and Curling Club, the venue for all 22 matches.
The location of this year's matches are yet to be determined but the boards made a further commitment to bringing internationals to a multi-sport complex in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, once construction was finished.

Sachin Watch

Sachin Tendulkars fitness test on May 23

The fitness test of Sachin Tendulkar is to be held here on May 23, Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) sources said today.
The champion batsman is recuperating from a shoulder surgery that he underwent in London in late March and is at present training and practising at Chennais MRF Academy.
Tendulkars fitness test is to be held a day before the national selection committee meets here to name the Indian squad for the four-Test series in West Indies commnencing June two.
The batsman has not accompanied the Indian one-day squad which is to take on the West Indies in a best-of-five limited over series from today at Kingston, Jamaica.
Tendulkar is scheduled to leave for London the same night the Test team is chosen to consult Dr Andrew Wallace who performed the shoulder surgery.

Sachin Tendulkar to consult Dr Wallance in London

Sachin Tendulkar will consult his surgeon Dr Andrew Wallance, who operated his shoulder, in London before proceeding to the West Indies if passed fit for the four-Test rubber commencing June 2.
The proposed fitness test for Tendulkar, currently in Chennai undergoing training and practice, has been put off by a few days from May 20 and would be done on May 22 or 23, according to the board's secretary. Tendulkar has undrgone a shoulder surgery in March.

Sachin Tendulkar's fitness test likely to be held on May 20

Sachin Tendulkar, recuperating from a shoulder injury, is likely to undergo a fitness test at the MRF Pace Foundation here on May 20.
Tendulkar will arrive here tomorrow to train and practice at the state-of-the-art academy from May 16 to 20 under the watchful eyes of trainer Ramji Srinivasan.

Sachin Tendulkar bats again after shoulder surgery

India batsman Sachin Tendulkar returned to the nets on Wednesday for the first time since undergoing shoulder surgery in March.
India's most capped test player switched between two bats that appeared much lighter than the ones he usually uses, playing from off to leg to test his right shoulder.
The Mumbai batsman has not played since the final test defeat against England at his home ground in mid-March. He is already ruled out for the one-day series in West Indies that starts on May 18.
However, he harbours hopes of staging a comeback for the subsequent four-test series in the Caribbean starting on June 2.

India in West Indies

Sehwag not going to take too many risks in West Indies

Virender Sehwag is not on the lookout for a quick fix. Its been known for a while that one-dayers arent Sehwags favourite version of the game...

Indian team leaves for West Indies

The Indian team left for a 55-day tour of the West Indies on Thursday night with an aim to re-write the history books...

Wavell Hinds will lead the Jamaican Team

Wavell Hinds will lead a strong 15-member Jamaican team, with eight Test players in the ranks, in the one-day match against the Rahul Dravid-led team India at Jarrett Park on Tuesday...

Dravid Looks Forward To Windies

India's cricket captain says the test tour of West Indies starting this week is an excellent opportunity to end a 20-year run without a major series victory outside the sub-continent...

BCCI News

BCCI expects Sachin Tendulkar to play in West Indies

The Board of Control for Cricket in India expects ace batsman Sachin Tendulkar to play during the tour of West Indies. Sachin returned to the nets today for the first time since undergoing shoulder surgery in March...

BCCI warns Sehwag

The Cricket Board today sought to gag players from speaking about Sourav Ganguly and the issue of player burnout by warning vice-captain Virender Sehwag from speaking on these subjects to the media...

Indian Supreme court bars free telecast of Windies tour

India's Supreme court barred the state-run broadcaster yesterday from showing free-to-air live coverage of the national cricket team's tour of West Indies...

Dravid bats for players union

TWithout directly referring to the burnout issue, which has become a matter of raging concern among cricketers, Indian captain Rahul Dravid on Monday made an appeal for the recognition of the Indian Professional Cricketers' Association (IPCA), saying a recognised, formal players' union would facilitate "smoother dialogue" between cricketers and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI)...

BCCI pension for ex-players

The Assam Cricket Association (ACA) has invited applications from former state first class players for a pension scheme introduced by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI)...

Sachin Watch

Sachin Tendulkar denies saying he is fit

Sachin Tendulkar on Monday denied reports that he had declared himself fit for the Test matches in the West Indies.
On Sunday agencies quoted Tendulkar, who was visiting a temple in Mangalore, as saying that he was fit for the West Indies tour.
Tendulkar also hoped that people do not take notice of what is shown or reported irresponsibly.
Board of Control for Cricket in India secretary Niranjan Shah has confirmed that Tendulkar's next fitness assesment is scheduled for May 10.
Tendulkar, who underwent a shoulder surgery last month, is currently doing physiotherapy exercises, but had not begun onfield training as yet.
The master blaster was on a visit to the Sri Kshetra temple in Karnataka and performed pooja with his wife Anjali and his brothers Ajith and Nitin.

Sachin Tendulkar is ready for West Indies Tour

Sachin Tendulkar has ended all speculation about his fitness and said he is fit and looking forward to the West Indies tour.
He has been ruled out of the One-Day series against the Windies which gets underway on May 18.
He had undergone shoulder surgery in London last month after the Test series against England.
The Test series against West Indies starts on the June 2 and Tendulkar will be back to his batting drills this week.
Board of Control for Cricket in India secretary Niranjan Shah said that a decision on Tendulkar's availability will be made after physio John Gloster submits his medical report.
Gloster is expected to examine the star batsman later in the month and based on his report, BCCI would take a decision on the master batsman.

Sachin Tendulkar signs $40-million contract

International advertising major Saatchi and Saatchi has secured the marketing rights for Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar for $40 million.
Iconix, the newly-formed marketing branch of Saatchi, signed Tendulkar, one of the sports leading batsmen, after his 10-year contract with the US-based WorldTel expired last year.
Tendulkar is the worlds leading one-day batsman, with 14,146 runs in 362 matches. The recent dip in form - he averaged just over 20 in his last 11 Tests and the spate of injuries raised fears Tendulkars career may be coming to an end. He was even jeered off the field in his home city of Mumbai in March after making one and 34 in the final Test against England which the tourists won to square the series 1-1.

India in West Indies

Sreesanth hoping to bag more wickets on West Indies tour

Upbeat after his success in recent one-dayers, India's new pace find S Sreesanth is hoping to reap a good harvest in the upcoming West Indies tour...

Brian Lara, Hayden are toughest to dismiss: Harbhajan

Indian off-spinner Harbhajan Singh, who thinks West Indies skipper Brian Lara is one of the toughest batsman to bowl to along with Aussie opener Matthew Hayden, said the upcoming tour of the West Indies would help India prepare well for the World Cup in the Caribbean next year as it would be able to assess beforehand the pitch and weather conditions there...

Jeff Crowe is referee for India-Windies series

Jeff Crowe will be the match referee during India's tour of West Indies, while Elite panel umpires Rudi Koertzen, Simon Taufel and Asad Rauf will stand along with officials chosen by the host cricket board in the five ODIs and four Tests between the two sides starting May 18...

BCCI News

Ten Sports moves Supreme Court

Ten Sports, which has exclusive rights to telecast the India-West Indies cricket series, on Friday moved the Supreme Court, seeking to restrain the Prasar Bharati from downlinking the live feed of the matches...

Suresh Raina and Sreesanth land central contracts

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) handed over central contracts to Suresh Raina and Sreesanth following impressive starts to their international careers...

EurAsia Cricket Series

Pakistan A won the Eurasia Cup

India A stumbled at the post as Pakistan A crushed them for a 36-run victory in the final and won the Eurasia Series six-nation limited overs cricket tournament in Abu Dhabi...
Eurasia Cup - Final, Abu Dhabi: Pakistan A 288-4 (50 overs) beat India A 252 all out (47.5 overs) by 36 runs

Unbeaten India A meet experienced Pakistan A

Unbeaten India A will try to keep their record intact when they clash with Pakistan A in the final of the EurAsia Cricket Series at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium...

UAE beat Ireland by 31 Runs

Medium pacer Arshad Ali grabbed four wickets to help United Arab Emirates post a 31-run victory against Ireland 'A' in the last league match of the Eurasia Series...
Eurasia Cup, Abu Dhabi: UAE 203 all out (46.3 overs) beat Ireland A 172 all out (46.3 overs) by 31 runs

Pakistan A beat Sri Lanka A by 8 wickets

The Pakistan A team propelled by an unbeaten century from opener Mohammed Hafeez emerged convincing eight wickets winners over the Sri Lankans in last nights decisive clash of the BSNL EurAsia Cricket Series at Abu dhabi...
Eurasia Cup, Abu Dhabi: Pakistan A 210-2 (45.2 overs) beat Sri Lanka 209 all out (41 overs) by 8 wickets

Laxman hopeful to play 2007 World Cup

Concentrate on improving fitness, both physical and mental, Indias stylish batsman VVS Laxman said while addressing a fresh batch of trainees of the National Cricket Academy, Banglore
Declaring open the 40-day long training camp for under-15 players, he advised players to refrain from thinking about their selection to first-class cricket.
Laxman reminded youngsters that they have lot of opportunities as several tournaments for the under-15, under-17 and under-19 level were played in the country.
The players had a chance to impress on selectors while playing in the state-level tournaments.
Describing the academy as an institute which grooms a lot of youngsters, Laxman told them Yuvraj Singh, Mohammed Kaif and Suresh Raina were the products of the NCA.
Laxman later said that he was hopeful of finding a place in the Indian team for the World Cup in 2007 in the West Indies.

EurAsia Cricket Series

India A beat Ireland A by 8 wickets

After a rather unimpressive start, India A got their act together to thrash Ireland XI by eight wickets...
Eurasia Cup, Abu Dhabi: India A 186-2 (34.1 overs) beat Ireland 182 all out (43.3 overs) by 8 wickets

Pakistan A beat Holland by 6 wickets

Pakistan A bounced back from an agonising defeat against arch-rivals India to hand a crushing six-wicket win to the Netherlands A in the Eurasia Series Limited Overs Cricket Tournament...
Eurasia Cup, Abu Dhabi: Pakistan 184-4 (32.4 overs) beat Holland 183 all out (48.1 overs) by 6 wickets

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