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Cricket News May 2007

Indian Cricket League formation

Indian Cricket League gains Momentum

The Essel Group promoted, Indian Cricket League (ICL), is fast gaining momentum. Launched very recently, the Kerry Packeresque league, is on a signing spree for the Twenty20 version of cricket bonanza scheduled for October this year.

BCCI News

Dav Whatmore denies reports that he had been offered a job to coach team India

Bangladesh's outgoing coach Dav Whatmore on Monday denied as 'mere speculation' reports he had been offered a job with India, saying nothing had been finalised yet.

India players

India police probe death threat to Dravid and Dhoni

Indian police are investigating a letter written by Maoist rebels threatening to kill cricketers Rahul Dravid and Mahendra Dhoni, a newspaper reported yesterday.
In the letter, the left-wing rebels from the eastern state of Jharkhand and neighbouring Chhattisgarh also decided to kill top cricket officials Sharad Pawar, Niranjan Shah and Rajiv Shukla, according to the Hindustan Times. "All five are promoting cricket - a sport of the elite class - and also leading a luxurious life at the expense of the hard-earned money of the common man," the newspaper quoted the letter as saying. Pawar is president of the Indian cricket board and federal minister for agriculture.
Jharkhand Chief Minister Madhu Koda said the letter was being taken seriously and Dhoni's security would be reviewed if necessary. "But before providing more security to Dhoni, the government would like its agencies to find out whether the letter is genuine," he said. Wicket-keeper-batsman Dhoni, who hails from Jharkhand, and skipper Dravid are currently on tour for India's second and final Test against Bangladesh in Dhaka. The paper said the handwritten letter, suspected to be an internal communication, was found during a raid on a rebel hideout in Dantewada region in Chhattisgarh on Friday.

India in Bangladesh Cricket Series 2007

India Bangladesh Second Test: Zaheer Khan leads India to big win over Bangladesh

Left-arm seamer Zaheer Khan grabbed a match haul of seven wickets as India thumped Bangladesh by an innings and 239 runs with two days to spare in the second and final Test in Dhaka on Sunday.
Second Test, Dhaka, day three: India 610-3d beat Bangladesh 118 & 253 by an innings and 239 runs

India Bangladesh Second Test: Bangladesh 58 for 5 at stumps on day two

Bangladesh were 58 for the loss of five wickets against India at the end of Day 2 of second and the final Test at Mirpur. Shakib al Hasan and Mohammad Sharif were on the crease with the score of 30 and 0 respectively. Bangladesh batsmen were left downtrodden as they lost 4 wickets in first 3 overs.
Second Test, Dhaka, day two (close): India 610 for 3 dec v Bangladesh 58 for 5

India created a new world record in Test cricket

India created a new world record in Test cricket by becoming the first nation whose first four batsmen scored centuries in the same innings.

India Bangladesh Second Test: India finish at 326 for 0

The Indians went on to stamp their authority on the Bangladeshi bowlers as they went on to post a mammoth score of 326 without losing a single wicket during the entire days play. Wasim Jaffer was the star of the day scoring 138 runs in 229 balls. Bangladesh team: Javed Omar, Shahriar Nafees, Habibul Bashar, Saqibul Hasan, Mohammad Ashraful, Rajin Saleh, Mashrafe Mortaza, Khaled Mashud, Mohammad Rafique, Mohammad Sharif, Syed Rasel India team: W Jaffer, K D Karthik, R Dravid, S R Tendulkar, S C Ganguly, M S Dhoni, R R Powar, Z Khan, A Kumble, R P Singh, I Sharma
Second Test, Dhaka, day one (close): India 326-0 v Bangladesh

India Bangladesh Second Test: India get Kumble boost for final cricket Test

India's bowling spearhead Anil Kumble is fit to torment Bangladesh as the tourists seek a series win when the second and final Test starts on Friday. India team (from): Rahul Dravid (Captain), Wasim Jaffer, Dinesh Karthick, Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Anil Kumble, Rudra Pratap Singh, Zaheer Khan, Ramesh Powar, Rajesh Pawar, Ishant Sharma.
Bangladesh team (from): Habibul Bashar (Captain), Mohammad Ashraful, Javed Omar, Shahriar Nafees, Saqibul Hasan, Rajin Saleh, Tushar Imran, Khaled Mashud, Mohammad Rafique, Enamul Haque, Mashrafe Mortaza, Shahadat Hossain, Syed Rasel, Mehrab Hossain.

India Bangladesh Second Test: India arrives in Dhaka for second Test

After the disappointment of the rain-marred opening Test in Chittagong, the Indian cricket team arrived here on Wednesday for the second and final match of the series begining on Friday.

Former India players

Former spinner Maninder Singh arrested with cocaine

Former Indian spinner Maninder Singh was arrested on Tuesday with one and a half grams of cocaine in Preet Vihar area of the capital. He was taken to Shakarpur police station for questioning.
Reportedly a Nigerian citizen, who was delivering the drugs to Maninder has also been arrested. The matter has been sent to the Narcotics Bureau for further probe.
The Delhi Police has declined to comment on the issue as of now. A case under relevant sections of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotrophic Substances Act was registered against the 41 year old Maninder. Singh's arrest from his apartment came on the basis of a tip off, an official said. The amount found in Singhs possession was under the 3 grams mark which generally comes under personal consumption. But the presence of a drug-peddler at his house raises questions about his involvement in the larger drug-nexus.
Maninder Singh represented India in 35 Tests and 59 ODIs. His claim to fame came in the Madras Test where he was Greg Matthews final victim in a match that resulted in a tie in the 1986-87 series against Australia. Even though he has retired as a cricketer, he is still connected with the game in the form of a cricket commentator. Maninder played international cricket for India for a period of 11 years. He made his Test debut against Pakistan in the year 1983 at Karachi. His ODI debut, also in the same year, was against Zimbabwe at New Delhi. He has to his name 88 scalps in Tests and 66 in ODIs.
Cocaine, which is considered to be a rich mans drug is smuggled from Columbia and neighbouring places. Cocaine is often said to be smuggled in exchange of heroin, which is much more expensive in European and American cities. Reportedly, India has emerged as a transit point for such drugs. Amongst earlier cases, late Pramod Mahajans son Rahul Mahajan was arrested by Delhi Police under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act. Bibek Moitra, the personal secretary of Pramod Mahajan had subsequently died of an overdose. The substance used by Rahul and his friends was cocaine. Cocaine is often used as a stress buster and is considered as a lifter in the party circuit, whereas heroin is termed as a downer and a depressing drug. Diego Maradonas career ended owing to his cocaine addiction problems.

India in Bangladesh Cricket Series 2007

India Bangladesh First Test, Day Five: Chittagong test ends in a draw

Bangladesh put up a strong resistance against India in their first Test in Chittagong. Both captain Habibul Bashar and Javed Omar stuck at the crease to take Bangladesh to a position of relative safety. The match is heading towards a possible draw.
First Test, Chittagong, day five (close): India 387-8 dec & 100-6 drew with Bangladesh 238 & 104-2

India Bangladesh First Test, Day Four: Mortaza helps Bangladesh avoid follow-on

Fast bowler Mashrafe Mortaza denied India an opportunity to enforce the follow on in the Chittagong Test and scored his maiden fifty at this level to take Bangladesh to 238 all out on the fourth day of the rain-marred game.
First Test, Chittagong, day four (close): India 387-8 dec & 44 for 2 v Bangladesh 238 all out

BCCI Cricket News

Separate Indian teams to be picked for Irish series and England tour : BCCI

The Indian cricket team will depart for Ireland on June 20 to play a one-day series against South Africa.
However, with a tour of England to follow the Irish series, the BCCI has decided to send two separate teams for the forthcoming series.

India, Bangladesh and Pakistan Tri Series 2008-09

India to play Tri-Series in Bangladesh in 2008-09

India have agreed to play a tri-series in Bangladesh with Pakistan as the third side in 2008 or 2009.
The matter was discussed at a meeting between the BCCI top brass and their counterparts in the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) on Saturday night. "We have agreed to play the tri-series in Bangladesh. I think it can be played in 2008 or 2009," BCCI secretary Niranjan Shah said on Sunday. "We have to make some adjustments to the ICC calendar. BCB has readily agreed to all the conditions put before them," Shah said.
Shah is part of the high-level BCCI delegation, led by its president Sharad Pawar, which visited the port city at the invitation of the BCB to watch the second Test between the two countries. The BCCI official said India was prepared to host Bangladesh for a full series in the near future. "We are very much willing to call them. We want to help them. That's the reason we have agreed to play the tri-series. Bangladesh is welcome to India," Shah said.
India have undertaken bi-lateral tours thrice to Bangladesh ever since the latter became a Test playing nation. However, Bangladesh are yet to play any ODI or Test match on Indian soil.
Meanwhile, Shah said the BCCI would also take the opinion of the senior cricketers of the Indian team before finalising a new coach for the national squad. On Saturday, Sachin Tendulkar said the board should consider players' views before appointing a new coach.
The seven-member coach selection panel, headed by Pawar and including three former India captains - Sunil Gavaskar, Ravi Shastri and Srinivas Venkataraghavan - would meet in Bangalore on June 4 to take the final call. "The decision may not come that day itself. We may need four or five days," Shah said. India have been without a full-time coach since Greg Chappell resigned from the post after India's disastrous performance in the latest edition of the World Cup.
BCCI subsequently appointed Shastri as a stop-gap cricket manager for the team's ongoing tour to Bangladesh. Outgoing Bangladesh coach Dav Whatmore has emerged as a hot contender for the job, after he expressed his interest and held preliminary discussions with Shastri on Wednesday. Pawar, however, insisted that he had not spoken to Whatmore during his trip.
Shah said the BCCI officials did not hold any discussions here with the players on the contracts issue, which has been hanging for for quite some time. The board has formed a two-member committee, comprising BCCI's Chief Administrative Officer Ratnakar Shetty and vice president Shashank Manohar to talk to the players on their reservations about certain provisions in the contracts that seek to introduce a performance-oriented payment system. The meeting is slated to be held after the Indian cricketers return home from Bangladesh.

India in Bangladesh Cricket Series 2007

India Bangladesh First Test, Day Three: Rain prevents play

India were set to start day three of the first Test on 384-6 but play was abandoned before a ball was bowled.
Mahindra Dhoni (36) and Anil Kumble (1) will hope for better weather on Monday, but the forecast is not promising. Inclement weather over the port city also forced last Tuesday's third and final one-day international to be abandoned without a ball being bowled, and with the first Test now almost certain to end in a draw, the series hangs on the second and final Test to be played in Dhaka from May 25.
First Test, Chittagong, day three (no play): India 384-6 v Bangladesh

India Bangladesh First Test, Day Two: Rain delays play for 5-1/2 hours

Sachin Tendulkar took his world record Test hundreds total to 36 as India progressed to 384-6 on a rain-shortened second day against Bangladesh. Tendulkar was beaten to three figures by Sourav Ganguly but went on to make 101 before he was caught as he tried to pull a ball from Shahadat Hossain.
Ganguly had earlier been dismissed for exactly 100 after the pair had shared a fourth wicket stand of 189. Only 20 overs were possible in the day with play only starting at 4.30pm. Play on the second day of the first cricket Test between India and Bangladesh began after a 5-1/2 hour delay due to rains. Play was not possible in both the morning and post-lunch sessions due to a soaked outfield caused by overnight and morning rains.
First Test, Chittagong, day two (close): India 384-6 v Bangladesh

Sachin Tendulkar named vice-captain

The Indian cricket team's vice-captain post was filled today with Sachin Tendulkar being appointed as Rahul Dravid's deputy for the two Tests against Bangladesh.

India Bangladesh First Test, Day One: India dominant on first day

India finished the first day of the first test match dominantly placed at 295 for the loss of 3 wickets in 77 overs. Four out of the top five batsmen scored half centuries with Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly unbeaten on 80 and 82 respectively. India team : K D Karthik, W Jaffer, R Dravid, S R Tendulkar, S C Ganguly, M S Dhoni, R R Powar, Z Khan, A Kumble, V R V Singh, R P Singh
Bangladesh team : Javed Omar, Shahriar Nafees, Habibul Bashar, Saqibul Hasan, Mohammad Ashraful, Enamul Haque jnr, Mashrafe Mortaza, Khaled Mashud, Mohammad Rafique, Shahadat Hossain, Rajin Saleh
First Test, Chittagong, day one (close): India 295-3 v Bangladesh

India Bangladesh First Test: India may field top five bowlers

India will consider playing five bowlers to beat the oppressive heat and humidity when they take on Bangladesh in the first cricket Test. India team (from): Rahul Dravid (Captain), Wasim Jaffer, Dinesh Karthick, Venkatsai Laxman, Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, Yuvraj Singh, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Anil Kumble, Zaheer Khan, Vikram Rajvir Singh, Ramesh Powar, Rajesh Pawar, Munaf Patel, Rudra Pratap Singh.
Bangladesh team (from): Habibul Bashar (Captain), Mohammad Ashraful, Javed Omar, Shahriar Nafees, Saqibul Hasan, Rajin Saleh, Khaled Mashud, Mohammad Rafique, Enamul Haque, Mashrafe Mortaza, Shahadat Hossain, Mehrab Hossain.

India Bangladesh First Test: Bangladesh face tough India test

Bangladesh play their first Test series in 13 months this week hoping to take their new-found confidence in one-day cricket to the traditional game.

Indian Cricket League formation

Ganguly denies joining Indian Cricket League

Lambasting the media for writing one-sided stories, former India captain Sourav Ganguly on Wednesday denied having any talks of joining the Indian Cricket League (ICL).

Darren Gough keen to be a part of zees Indian Cricket League

Former England seamer Darren Gough is ready to play a part if a star-studded Indian Twenty20 tournament planned in July gets off to a start.

India in Bangladesh Cricket Series 2007

India Bangladesh Third ODI: Third ODI called off due to heavy overnight rain; IND 2-0

The third and final one-dayer between India and Bangladesh was called off due to bad weather and a wet outfield at Chittagong on Tuesday.India clinch the series two-nil, thanks to their wins in Mirpur. They won the first ODI by five wickets and the second by 46 runs.

India Bangladesh Third ODI: Uthappa and RP Singh set to play third ODI

Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir and Robin Uthappa, Indias three specialist openers, have been included in the team for the third One-day International (ODI) against Bangladesh here at Chittagong on Tuesday. India team (from): Rahul Dravid (Captain), Gautam Gambhir, Robin Uthappa, Virender Sehwag, Yuvraj Singh, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (Wicket Keeper), Dinesh Karthick, Manoj Tiwari, Sreesanth, Munaf Patel, Zaheer Khan, Rudra Pratap, Singh, Piyush Chawla, Ramesh Powar and Dinesh Mongia
Bangladesh team (from): Habibul Bashar (Captain), Mohammad Ashraful (vice-captain), Javed Omar, Tamim Iqbal, Shahriar Nafees, Aftab Ahmed, Sakibul Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim (Wicket Keeper), Mashrafe Mortaza, Syed Rasel, Abdur Razzak, Shahadat Hossain, Mohammad Rafique and Farhad Reza

Indian Cricket League formation

Kapil Dev to head Indian Cricket League board

Essel Group has announced the executive board for its India Cricket League (ICL), a body parallel to the existing Board for Control of Cricket in India (BCCI), to promote cricketing talent in the country.

Lara, McGrath, Inzamam, Warne signs to play in Indian Cricket league

Breakaway Indian Cricket League (ICL), the Zee Group's brainchild challenging BCCI's monopoly over the game in the country, seems to have received a major shot in the arm with the who's who, which includes Brian Lara, Shane Warne, Glenn McGrath and Inzamam-ul Haq, reportedly signing up for a Twenty20 competition to be played in India in October this year.

India in Bangladesh Cricket Series 2007

Bangladesh names test squad to play India

Bangladesh selectors today announced five changes in the cricket squad for the two-match Test series against India that will follow the ongoing one-day rubber. Bangladesh Test squad : Habibul Bashar (Captain), Mohammad Ashraful (vice-captain), Javed Omer Belim, Shahriar Nafees Ahmed, Shakib al Hasan, Rajin Saleh Alam, Tushar Imran, Khaled Mashud (wicketkeeper), Mohammed Rafique, Enamul Haque (Jr), Mashrafe bin Mortaza, Shahadat Hossain Rajib, Syed Rasel, Mehrab Hossain (Jr).

India Bangladesh Third ODI: Teams reach Chittagong for third ODI

Bad luck with injuries continues to hound the Bangladesh cricket team in this home series as they are all set to miss ace batsman Mohammad Ashraful for the third and final one-dayer against India at the Chittagong Divisional Stadium tomorrow.

India Bangladesh Second ODI: India beat Bangladesh to win first away series in a year; IND 2-0

India won its first series on a foreign soil in a year when it defeated Bangladesh by 46 runs in their second one day international at Sher-e-Bangla stadium in Mirpur on Saturday. For India, Gautam Gambhir led the batting attack with an extraordinary knock of 101 runs. India team: Rahul Dravid (Captain), Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Gautam Gambhir, Dinesh Karthik, Zaheer Khan, Dinesh Mongia, Munaf Patel, Ramesh Powar, Virender Sehwag, Piyush Chawla Yuvraj Singh.
Bangladesh team: Habibul Bashar (Captain), Abdur Razzak, Aftab Ahmed, Javed Omar, Mohammad Ashraful, Mohammad Rafique, Mushfiqur Rahim, Saqibul Hasan, Shahadat Hossain, Syed Rasel, Tamim Iqbal
Second one-day international, Dhaka: 284 for 8 (49.0 overs) bt Bangladesh 238 for 9 (49.0 overs) by 46 runs

India Bangladesh Second ODI: India hope to pocket the series

After Thursday's scrappy yet morale-boosting win, India will be looking to plug the loopholes and pocket the three-match One-day cricket series against Bangladesh in the second ODI in Dhaka on Saturday. India team (from): Rahul Dravid (Captain), Gautam Gambhir, Robin Uthappa, Virender Sehwag, Yuvraj Singh, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Dinesh Kaarthick, Dinesh Mongia, Ramesh Powar, S Sreesanth, Munaf Patel, Zaheer Khan. Bangladesh team (from): Habibul Bashar (Captain), Mohammad Ashraful (vice-captain), Javed Omar, Tamim Iqbal, Shahriar Nafees, Aftab Ahmed, Saqibul Hasan, Musfiqur Rahim, Mashrafe Mortaza, Syed Russel, Abdur Razzak, Shahadat Hossain, Mohammad Rafique and Farhad Reza.

India Bangladesh first ODI: Dhoni wins it for India; IND 1-0

Mahendra Dhoni braved a thigh injury to fire an unbeaten 93 and lead India to a five-wicket win in the first match of their one-day series versus Bangladesh. The wicket-keeper came to the crease with India on 35, and when they slipped to 112-4 the tourists were in trouble. But Dhoni's fine rearguard action with Dinesh Karthik (58no) led them past the target of 251 with six balls to spare.
Earlier, Javed Omar's 80 had helped the Tigers to 250-7 in a match reduced to 47 overs per side because of rain. The home side won the toss and chose to bat, and were given a flying start by Tamim Iqbal, who showed little respect to Zaheer Khan, who conceded 33 from five overs with the new ball.
First one-day international, Dhaka: India 253-5 bt Bangladesh 250-7 by five wickets

India Bangladesh first ODI delayed due to rain

The first ODI between India and Bangladesh at Mirpur will witness a delayed start due to morning rains. Bangladesh captain Habibul Bashar has won the toss and decided to bat first.

India, Bangladesh motivated ahead of first cricket one-dayer

India is desperate to redeem itself after tumbling out of the first round of the cricket World Cup, while Bangladesh wants a repeat of the win that helped eliminate its subcontinental neighbour when the two teams meet Thursday in the first of three limited-over cricket internationals. India team (from): Rahul Dravid (Captain), Gautam Gambhir, Robin Uthappa, Virender Sehwag, Yuvraj Singh, Dinesh Mongia, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Dinesh Karthick, Shanthakumaran Sreesanth, Munaf Patel, Zaheer Khan, Rudra Pratap Singh, Piyush Chawla, Ramesh Powar.
Bangladesh team (from): Habibul Bashar (Captain), Mohammad Ashraful, Javed Omar, Tamim Iqbal, Shahriar Nafees, Aftab Ahmed, Saqibul Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mashrafe Mortaza, Syed Rasel, Abdur Razzak, Shahadat Hossain, Mohammad Rafique, Farhad Reza.

Bangladesh face India in first ODI tomorrow

Bangladesh National Cricket team led by Habibul Bashar will face India National Cricket team tomorrow in the first One Day International (ODI) match at the Mirpur Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium.

Umpires named for India-Bangladesh cricket series

Ashoka De Silva of Sri Lanka and Bangladesh's Enamul Huq and Nadir Shah will officiate in three-match one-day cricket series between India and Bangladesh beginning from May 10.

Indian cricket team lands in Bangladesh

Indian cricket team, led by skipper Rahul Dravid, arrived in Bangladesh on Monday to play three one-dayers and two Test matches against Bangladesh.

Indian cricket team leaves for Bangladesh

The Indian cricket team left for Bangladesh Monday to play one-dayers and a test series.

Ankle injury scare for Tendulkar

India batsman Sachin Tendulkar has sprained his right ankle during practice for the tour of Bangladesh.

India vs South Africa ODI Series 2007 at Ireland

India, South Africa to play 3 ODIs in Ireland

India and South Africa will play a three-match One-Day International series in Ireland in June and July this year.

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Bashar captain for India series

Bangladesh Cricket Board kept faith in the World Cup squad when they announced a 14-member team yesterday for this month's home series against India. Bangladesh team: Habibul Bashar (Captain), Mohammad Ashraful (vice-captain), Javed Omar, Tamim Iqbal, Shahriar Nafees, Aftab Ahmed, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mashrafee Bin Mortaza, Syed Russel, Mohammad Rafique, Abdur Razzak, Shahadat Hossain, Farhad Reza.

Editor: Nishanth Gopinathan.