Cricket News May, June 2005
India may have to play qualifing round
Jun 30 2005India could be forced to play the qualifying round of the ICC Champions Trophy to be held in the country next year if it could not improve its current ODI standing.
The 2003 World Cup runners-up are at present in the seventh spot in the ICC ODI Championship table and would at least have to move one position higher by April 1, 2006 if they want a direct entry in the event, after the Board of ICC Development (International) Ltd approved a new format for the championship at its meeting at Dublin on Wednesday. According to the new format, top six sides of the ICC ODI Championship table as on April 1, 2006 would get a direct entry while the next four Test playing nations would have to play a round robin qualifying for the remaining two spots.
The eight teams would then be split into two groups of four each with the top two teams from each group qualifying for the semi-finals, the International Cricket Council said in a London release.
Eknath Solkar dies
Jun 26 2005Eknath Solkar, the former Test allrounder and one of India's greatest close-in catchers of all time, has died in Mumbai at the age of 57 after suffering a heart attack. Solkar had been unwell for sometime, suffering from diabetes, among other ailments, and passed away on Sunday afternoon. Solkar rose to the dizzy heights of Test cricket from humble origins. He was the son of the groundsman at the PJ Hindu Gymkhanna in Mumbai, and shared a one-room living space with five siblings and his parents. It was at this Gymkhanna that his talents were spotted and his interest in cricket honed. "Ekki" as he was popularly known, snagged 53 catches in 27 matches, including 48 off the famed Indian Spin Quartet of Bedi, Chandrasekhar, Prasanna and Venkataraghvan.
One-day cricket just changed: 12th man now gets to bat, bowl
Jun 25 2005One-Day cricket will never be the same again. From July 30 when the tri-series in Sri Lanka involving India kicks off, the rules of the abridged version will be radically altered because teams will have twelve players instead of the traditional eleven.
The ICC chief executives committee (CEC) headed by Sunil Gavaskar has approved the introduction of football-style replacements which will permit sides to replace a player at any stage of a match.
The replaced player will be ruled out of the rest of the match while the replacement can assume any remaining batting or bowling duties. Both players will receive a cap. The CEC has also approved the introduction of another innovation into all one-day internationals by increasing the fielding restrictions to 20 overs instead of the existing fifteen, of which only ten would have to come at the start of the innings. The other ten would be fitted in later, in two blocks of five, at the discretion of the fielding captain.
The additional close-catcher field restrictions will only apply for the first 10 overs. These two innovations will be on trial for 10 months and will be reviewed next year. These may be experimented during the NatWest Challenge between England and Australia starting July 7.
Hollioake takes hat-trick in Tsunami charity match #3
Jun 21 2005Former England one-day captain Adam Hollioake took a hat-trick on Monday to spur the International XI to a six-wicket win over the Asian XI in their Twenty20 Tsunami relief match at The Brit Oval in London on Tuesday. Hollioake marked his return to The Oval, where he was a popular and innovative captain of English county Surrey, with the wickets of Rahul Dravid , Chaminda Vaas and Anil Kumble from successive deliveries.
Former Australia batsman Greg Blewett took the International XI past the Asian team's 157 with 91 not out from 61 balls, which included five sixes and seven boundaries.
India's Rahul Dravid , who captained the Asian XI, sparkled with a quickfire innings of 62 from 47 balls. The other Indian batsmen Virender Sehwag (1) and Mohammad Kaif (3) failed to make an impact. Sri Lanka's Sanath Jayasuriya (27), Mahela Jayawardene (24), Kumar Sangakkara (15) and Chaminda Vaas (14) were the only other batsmen in double figures for the Asian XI. Organisers added more than one million pounds ($1.83 million) to the relief fund for the tsunami, which struck off the Indonesian coast on December 26 last year. Two other cricket fund-raising matches have been staged in Melbourne and at Lord's.
Sachin opens India Room at The Oval
Jun 21 2005Sachin Tendulkar was the cynosure of all eyes as he opened a magnificent India Room at the newly-built 25-million pound stand at the Oval cricket stadium here last evening. A visibly thrilled Tendulkar, who was here to support the Twenty20 tsunami fund raiser between an Asia XI and an International XI, said: It is a great honour. Surrey is my favourite place where I played my hundredth Test. It was a special moment for me. Present on the occasion were Sir John Major, former British Prime Minister who played a key role in raising funds for the new stand, Kamalesh Sharma, Indian High Commissioner to the UK, and some of the leading NRI industrialists, who among them raised 500,000 pounds (approx. Rs. 4 crore) for the India room. Others present included former India wicket-keeper batsman Farooq Engineer.
Sachin is past his prime: Kapil Dev
Jun 21 2005Kapil Dev feels the best days of Sachin Tendulkar are truly behind him. "His youth is not coming back as he is 32 years old and his best is gone," the former India all-rounder told reporters in Chandigarh on Tuesday, on the sidelines of a blood donation function. Asked if there is pressure on Tendulkar to perform, Kapil said, "There is always pressure on a big player, that is why he is such a big player. I think he should stand up to the occasion and say 'I will perform'." When asked if Tendulkar's career had reached a stage where he should call it a day, Kapil said it was for the player to decide. "He is too great a player. If he is an honest player, which I believe he is, then I think will take this decision by himself," he said. "I wouldn't like somebody pushing him out. Whenever he calls it a day, may be two years or five years from now, he should go with grace and we should love him for that." Kapil declined to make comments on the batting form of Sourav Ganguly, saying it is something that the national selectors and the coach should decide.
Coach Chappell briefed on attitude
Jun 21 2005Greg Chappell was more of a listener during his first interaction with the national selectors in Bangalore on Tuesday. The new Team India coach met Kiran More, Yashpal Sharma, Pranab Roy, Gopal Sharma and V.B. Chandrasekhar for around 45 minutes before the selection of the probables for the 2005-06 season. The 36 probables will attend three camps in Bangalore. During the meeting Chappell sought the selectors assessment on Indias rather indifferent show last season. In the Tests, India lost 1-2 to Australia, beat South Africa 1-0 and Bangladesh 2-0 before ending with a 1-1 scoreline versus Pakistan. In ODIs, the performance was thirteen defeats as against nine wins.
Munaf, Parthiv in India's best
Jun 21 2005In a surprise move in chosing 36 Team India players, the BCCI has announced the names of three wicketkeepers, although the name of scintillating pacer Munaf Patel was a foregone conclusion. Talented Uttar Pradesh all-rounder Suresh Raina and left-hand Gujarat batsman Neeraj Patel were today named in a list of 36 probables for the upcoming triangular cricket series to be held in Sri Lanka later this month. Tendulkar, who recently had a surgery on a troublesome elbow, has been ruled out of action for 14 weeks and was therefore not considered for the camps to be held at the national cricket academy here in three phases. Probables: Sourav Ganguly, Virender Sehwag, Rahul Dravid , Mohammed Kaif, Yuvraj Singh, V V S Laxman, Dinesh Mongia, Gautam Gambhir, Suresh Raina, Venugopala Rao, Neeraj Patel, Dheeraj Jadhav, M S Dhoni, Dinesh Karthick, Parthiv Patel, Anil Kumble, Harbhajan Singh, Murali Kartik, S Sriram, Hemang Badani, Zaheer Khan, L Balaji, Ashish Nehra, Irfan Pathan, Ajit Agarkar, Gagandeep Singh, S S Paul, Ranadeb Bose, Harvinder Singh, Amit Bhandari, Siddharth Trivedi, Sreeshanth, Joginder Sharma, Munaf Patel, J P Yadav, Jesuraj.
Spinners steer MCC to Tsunami match win
Jun 15 2005Spin trio Anil Kumble, Harbhajan Singh and Chris Gayle took nine wickets between them as MCC beat an International XI by 112 runs in their 50 overs per side Tsunami appeal match at Lord's. br>
Man-of-the match Kumble, who dismissed Sanath Jayasuriya, Brian Lara and Graeme Smith took three for 49 and India team-mate Harbhajan three for 32.
West Indies' Gayle mopped up the tail with three for 27 as the International XI, chasing 328 to win, were bowled out for 215 with 15 overs to spare.
South Africa skipper Smith top scored for the International XI with 68 putting on 75 in 49 balls with Lara, his side's captain. Earlier, After losing the toss, MCC made 327 for seven with Fleming and all-rounder Kallis both scoring 62. In January an Asian XI took on a World XI in Melbourne in front of more than 70,000 people raising 11 million dollars. An MCC spokesman said that 20,513 tickets for this game, out of a capacity of 28,000, had been sold in advance raising over 500,000 pounds (905,000 dollars).
Kumble escape adds personal touch to tsunami match
Jun 14 2005It is over five months since the Indian Ocean tsunami devastated swathes of south-east Asia, but memories are still raw. As the cream of the world's cricket talent gathered at Lord's ahead of today's fund-raising match, the India leg-spinner Anil Kumble revealed how he and his family only narrowly escaped after leaving their Chennai holiday home minutes before the wave struck the city on the south-east coast of India on Boxing Day.
"About 10 minutes before the tsunami hit, I checked out," said Kumble, who is one of nine representatives here from India and Sri Lanka, the two Test-playing nations most affected by the disaster.
"I was at the reception, totally ignorant about what had happened. Our cottage was about 60 metres from the beach and it did get affected, so I consider myself very lucky. It wasn't until we got home and turned on our TV that we realised the full extent of what had happened." More than 20,000 tickets have been sold in advance for a match that brings together 22 big-name cricketers from eight countries. Between them, the MCC side, captained by New Zealand's Stephen Fleming, and an International XI, led by Brian Lara, have won 5,663 Test and one-day international caps, scored 177,140 runs and taken 5,448 wickets.
The only notable absentees from cricket's A-list are Muttiah Muralitharan and Sachin Tendulkar , who are both injured, and - with the exception of Shane Warne - representatives from England and Australia, who were in Southampton yesterday for their Twenty20 match.
Lankans to play seven one-dayers in India
Jun 14 2005Sri Lanka will play seven one-day internationals during their tour of India in November.
"We will play seven one-dayers instead of the five that had been planned earlier along with three Test matches," Tryphon Mirando, secretary of the Cricket Interim Committee, said.
Mirando said that apart from Sri Lanka's tour of India in November, they were also likely to visit India for a tri-nation series next year. Sri Lanka were originally scheduled for a five-match one-day series in India in April but the tour was called off due to the reluctance of Indian players to take part so soon after a gruelling tour by Pakistan.
Houston cricket series postponed
Jun 12 2005The much-awaited three-match cricket series between the World XI and Asia XI teams, featuring leading players from India and Pakistan, has been postponed. The postponement of the matches, which were scheduled to be held in mid-June, was due to visa delays for Pakistani players, sources said today.
Without giving further details the organisers, Cricket World International Inc, who have been working overtime for putting Houston on the world cricket map, are trying to reschedule the dates now. No fresh dates have been fixed as yet.
Among the Indian stars expected to take part in the series were Virender Sehwag, Rahul Dravid , Harbhajan Singh and Yuvraj Singh.
The event to be held in Houston Astrodome in the US has been approved by the International Cricket Council and the United States Cricket Association.
Pak bowlers to train in India
Jun 10 2005The Pakistan cricket board is planning to send three promising fast bowlers to India for a stint at the MRF Academy in a bid to make them formidable seamers.
The matter of sending bowlers to train in India has been discussed in the PCB top brass meeting and most of the PCB officials including the selectors favoured the idea of sending the bowlers to the academy, a PCB official said.
PCB was seemed to have impressed with the products of the academy - Javagal Srinath, Venkatesh Parsad, Zaheer Khan and L Balaji.
Police set to arrest former Indian cricket captain
Jun 09 2005With former Indian cricket captain Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi and his six other accomplices failing to turn up before police by the deadline fixed by it, Haryana police today constituted teams to arrest them in connection with alleged poaching of an endangered black buck.
Police had constituted three teams, which will raid possible hideouts of the accused in Delhi, gurgaon and aurangpur village, superintendent of police Hanief Qureshi said.
Sources said that Pataudi was expected to move the environment court at Faridabad tomorrow or on Monday. "Pataudi was to move the court in Jhajjar yesterday. However, after dismissal of anticipatory bail plea of Shashi Singh (one of the alleged accused in poaching case) the former cricketer decided otherwise," one of his counsel said here.
Pataudi and his accomplices have been charged under various sections of the Wildlife Protection Act and if found guilty could face a jail term of seven years and a fine of Rs 25,000.
India will stage Champions Trophy
May 26 2005The Indian government has cleared the way for the country to host next year's International Cricket Council (ICC) Champions Trophy tournament.
The ICC had said the biennial event, second in importance only to the World Cup, would be given to India provided the proceeds were made tax-free. The event would have gone to Pakistan, which has already announced a tax-exemption, if the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had not got the clearance by the end of May.
India had been the original choice to stage the 2002 edition. However, the government refused to provide tax relief and the event went to Sri Lanka.
Chappell named India coach for two years
May 20 2005The search for a new coach of the Indian team finally came to an end on Friday, with the Board's six-member committee naming the former Australian captain Greg Chappell as the next Indian cricket coach.
The six-member selection committee has recommended Chappell's name as the coach of the national team and he will continue with the team till June 2007, BCCI president Ranbir Singh Mahendra told reporters on Friday.
Mahendra said Chappell was likely to take charge in the first week of June itself, but the exact date would be finalised later. "We have not informed Chappell of the decision yet and have announced it to you first. We will discuss with him the details and let you know the date later," he said.
Earlier, after his presentation, Chappell said he was pleased with his presentation before the six-member committee of the Cricket Board. "I am very pleased about being given the opportunity. I had an enjoyable presentation session with the committee," Chappell told reporters after his one-hour 45 minute long interview on Thursday.
Chappell favourite to be India coach
May 19 2005Greg Chappell and Tom Moody of Australia, Desmond Haynes of West Indies and Mohinder Amarnath of India, the four shortlisted candidates for the post of India coach, were interviewed by a committee of the Indian cricket board in New Delhi yesterday, with Chappell believed to be favourite for the job. The committee comprises former cricketers Sunil Gavaskar, S. Venkataraghavan and Ravi Shastri and Ranbir Singh Mahendra (BCCI President), S.K. Nair (BCCI Secretary) and Jagmohan Dalmiya (former BCCI President).
No coaching assignment in the game has quite generated this kind of hype. Speculation has been mounting ever since the outgoing coach, the former New Zealand captain and Kent coach John Wright, suggested in February that he would not renew his contract after a largely successful four-year stint.
After Chappell, who lost out to Wright in the 2000 process, Moody is believed to be next choice. The Worcestershire director of coaching has a contract that permits him to leave should he land an international assignment. More from The Hindu.
Wright grabbed Sehwag by the collar
May 17 2005John Wright may have come across as a perfect gentleman during his tenure with Team India but the former coach with a placid exterior had once grabbed Virender Sehwag by his collar after the swashbuckling opener had thrown away his wicket. In Wisden Asia Cricket magazine, Team India vice-captain Rahul Dravid revealed the incident that took place at The Oval during the NatWest Trophy. John had been talking to us how Viru was batting really well, playing great shots and getting out. This was getting to John. He said to me if that guy gets out to one more bad shot, Im going to really have a go at him.
In the next match Viru went out and played a silly shot and got out. And when he walked back into the dressing room, John actually grabbed him by the collar and shook him. It created a bit of a stir in the dressing room, Dravid recalled. The thing was the incident was quickly forgotten and neither Viru nor anyone took offence. We knew how badly he wanted Viru and the team to do well, he added. Paying rich tribute to the New Zealander who quit after a successful four-and-a-half-year tenure, Dravid said, we knew it frustrated him when people did not play up to their potential.
It was an incident that showed us just how badly he wanted us to win. There was absolutely no hard feelings after the incident and, perhaps he and Viru got on much better after that.
Sehwag himself heaped praises on the Kiwi and said, he was more of a friend. We could laugh at him, play pranks. But he was also a thorough professional, very demanding and very passionate about what he did.
- April 2005 - India Pakistan series; Women's World Cup
- March 2005 - The much awaited Pakistan series starts..
- February 2005 - Waiting for the Pakistan series, BCCIs court date, Shiv Sena's pitch attack
- January 2005 - Tsunami matches, Sachin's injury and Shoaib's no-ball!
- Roller Coaster Ride for India in 2004
- Cricket News 2004 Archives