Tuesday, 11 December 2012

South Africa to appoint a black selector

Cricket South Africa (CSA) plans to appoint a black selector soon as part of its efforts to transform the sport in the country.
Despite 80 per cent of the population being black, the Proteas have fielded only five black players in the 200 Test matches since South Africa made a comeback to international cricket after decades of isolation because of apartheid. 
Under apartheid segregation laws, sport was divided racially, and all international players until then were white only.

Sachin Tendulkar should retire, say Indian cricket greats

COULD the 'unthinkable' be about to happen to Indian cricket? In the aftermath of England's triumph in the third Test there have been calls for the biggest icon in the game, India's batting legend Sachin Tendulkar, to call it a day.

The selectors have already announced their squad for the fourth and final Test against England this week and, although Zaheer Khan, Yuvraj Singh and Harbhajan Singh have been culled, 39-year-old Tendulkar kept his spot.

Muthiah Muralidaran says Cricket Australia not taking advantage of Shane Warne's knowledge

SRI Lankan spin legend Muthiah Muralidaran says Cricket Australia should give the green light for Shane Warne to make an Ashes comeback -- as a consultant to Test off-spinner Nathan Lyon.

Warne created a media circus last week when he claimed he could still fire in the international arena and would consider a return for the Ashes if asked by Australian skipper Michael Clarke.

Brendon McCullum reaches out to Ryder and Taylor

New captain Brendon McCullum has made contact with the in-form Jesse Ryder and believes it's only a matter of time before one of the country's best batsmen is back in the New Zealand side.
McCullum also revealed today that he has spoken to former skipper Ross Taylor - also taking a break from the international game - as he attempts to bring a team together under the most difficult of circumstances.

West Indies disappointed despite T20 win: Darren Sammy

Captain Darren Sammy said Monday the West Indies were pleased to have finished the Bangladesh tour on a winning note but disappointed at failing to win all formats during the series.
He was speaking after the Caribbean side beat Bangladesh by 18 runs in the one-off Twenty20 International at the Shere Bangla National Stadium on Monday. The victory came on the heels of their two-wicket defeat Saturday which saw them concede the five-match one-day series 2-3.
"We won the same amount of series as we did last year (in Bangladesh) so we haven't achieved the goal we left the Caribbean with but with that said I think Bangladesh played really well especially in the limited overs cricket," Sammy told reporters. "I guess they've worked hard over the years and when you work hard you get results. We're disappointed we didn't win the one-day series but when we look back at the year, we achieved good things in 2012."

Ricky Ponting's contribution will be missed: Cowan

Ricky Ponting's retirement has left a big leadership void in Australia's Test side and other players will have to step up and lead by example in the upcoming series against Sri Lanka, according to opening batsman Ed Cowan. "[He's] the greatest Australian batsman in the modern era. Of course, we'll miss him," Cowan told reporters in Hobart, where Australia will host the first of a three-Test series against Sri Lanka starting on Friday. 
"[It's] not just what he does on the field ... it's what he gives the group off the field. But that's now in the past. It's up to us, as the other guys in the group, to step up. And there's a big void to fill in terms of leadership.

Misbah-ul-Haq wanted Shahid Afridi for India tour

The naming of Pakistan's Twenty20 and ODI squads for this month's tour to India was not without disagreements as the selectors overruled captain Misbah-ul-Haq while axing experienced allrounder Shahid Afridi for the series. The selectors also came under pressure to select opener Imran Nazir and some other players but stuck to their guns to give a chance to the outstanding performers in the ongoing domestic season.
"Misbah who captains the one-day squad wanted Afridi in the squad at the cost of Umar Akmal but the selectors rejected his suggestion," one source said. "Misbah's argument was that Afridi remains a match winning player despite being out of form and his experience would count for a lot in India under pressure and secondly that his presence would put pressure on the Indian side given his past performances," the source said.

New Zealand coach Hesson's advice 'laughable' - Ross Taylor

Disgruntled former captain Ross Taylor has slammed New Zealand's team management, dismissing head coach Mike Hesson's advice as "laughable" and claiming he was not given enough support in his 18-month stint as skipper.
Taylor was stripped of the Twenty20 and one-day captaincy last week on Hesson's recommendation, and rejected an offer to stay on as test skipper in the wake of New Zealand's drawn test series away to Sri Lanka.
Opener Brendon McCullum will take on all three roles and faces a baptism of fire as he leads New Zealand on tour to South Africa later this month.
"I knew it'd be tough from the outset (with Hesson)," Taylor said in comments published on the New Zealand Herald's website ( on Sunday.

"I gave him as much support as I could but it wasn't reciprocated."
"We liaised during the Champions League," added the 28-year-old, who played with the Delhi Daredevils at the T20 tournament in South Africa in October.

Selectors can decide if I should be captain: Mahendra Singh Dhoni

Mahendra Singh Dhoni said Sunday that it is for the selectors to decide whether he should continue to lead India or not, after his team lost the third Test to England here.
"As a leader the challenge has been thrown to me. The easier thing for me now is to say I quit captaincy and be only a part of the side," Dhoni told the media after English beat India by seven wickets.
"That will be running away from the responsibility, though there is BCCI (Board of Cricket for Control in India) to decide."

Dhoni said it was a challenge to lead a side when the chips were down.
"It is always good to lead a side when the side is performing and you are winning. You do not need a leader then."
"When the team is not doing well, you need the team to gel together, back the players and try to move in the direct direction."