Sunday, 16 December 2012

Pakistan Cricket Board heads for confrontation with Bangladesh Cricket Board

The Pakistan Cricket Board appears to be heading for a confrontation with the Bangladesh Cricket Board after indicating to its counterpart that it would not be possible to send its players for the Bangladesh Premier League unless the BCB fulfills its commitment of touring Pakistan .
Reliable sources in the PCB said on Sunday that the board had already conveyed to the BCB that they need to fulfill their commitment of sending a team to Pakistan for a series. "Basically it is a very politely worded message but clear that unless the BCB gives a final commitment when it will tour Pakistan it would not be possible for the PCB to give clearance to its players to play in the second BPL season," one source said. in February this year around 20 Pakistani players including Shahid Afridi, Saeed Ajmal, Mohammad Hafeez, Imran Nazir, Abdul Razzaq, Mohammad Sami, Nasir Jamshed, Ahmed Shahzad and others took part in the competition. But for the second BPL although the deadline for boards to issue NOCs to their players has passed the PCB is yet to issue a single NOC to any player for the BPL which will also be holding its players’ auction next week.

England are not taking things for granted, says James Anderson

England are in a good position to seal the first Test series victory in India in 28 years but their paceman James Anderson says they are not taking things for granted and want to negotiate the first session of the final day carefully. England are leading the series 2-1 and a draw result on Monday will get them a historic series victory. England will resume their second innings at 161 for three.
"There's still a long way to go in the game. It's really important start for us tomorrow. The first hour will be crucial. If we can get through that then hopefully we can build a couple of good partnerships throughout the day and make sure the game is safe," said Anderson. Anderson also said that scoring runs on the slow VCA Stadium track in Jamtha won't be easy on Monday. 

Ravichandran Ashwin optimistic of Indian victory on the fifth day

India off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin is confident that the home team will be able to dismiss the remaining seven England batsmen at a fast clip thereby forcing a series levelling victory. "Strange things have happened. We are not trying to be too optimistic, but we have done it before in India and we can take six or seven wickets in a session.
It's just about trying to get a couple of wickets tomorrow morning," Ashwin stated at the post-match conference today. Ashwin insisted that they have bowled well today. "We have bowled well today. We are pushing for a win nothing got out of hand and we just have to stick to it, try to see if we can squeeze in a couple of wickets early morning," he added. 

Sachin Tendulkar's wife's presence sparks retirement buzz in Nagpur

Sachin Tendulkar's wife Anjali was spotted at the Vidarbha Cricket Association stadium in Nagpur on Sunday during day four of the fourth and final Test between India and England.

Tendulkar has been battling poor form in the series and speculations have emerged with regards to his retirement from cricket.

Anjali's visit to Nagpur has created a buzz among the media persons in Nagpur as to whether any big news on her husband is due at the end of the Test match on Monday.

Big Bash providing greatest threat to the future of Test cricket

CRICKET Australia faces some major promotional challenges to reinvigorate Test cricket in the hearts and minds of the Australian public.

And, ironically, the greatest cannibalistic threat to the five-day game is coming from within, via the Big Bash, the very concept intended to cultivate and complement the sport's growth.

CA boss James Sutherland and his marketing boffins should be deeply alarmed by the feeble crowd figures for the first Test against Sri Lanka in Hobart.

Nagpur Test: England inching closer to historic series win

England on Sunday appeared to be inching closer to achieving its dream of a historic series victory against India on Indian soil after nearly three decades, with their middle order batsmen digging in to keep host team bowlers at bay, while at the same time adding crucial runs in their second innings.
At the close of play on the fourth day of the Nagpur Test, England in their second innings had scored 161 for the loss of three wickets, and an overal lead of 165. Jonathan Trott and Ian Bell were unbeaten on 66 and 24 respectively at the close of play. With a day remaining in the match, India will have to indulge in some swashbuckling tactics, both in the bowling and batting departments, to achieve a much needed victory to ensure a drawn series.

Virat Kohli and Jonathan Trott exchange words on day four

Virat Kohli and Jonathan Trott were involved in a verbal duel during the fourth day of the final Test between India and England here Sunday.
Trott, batting on 43 in England's second innings total of 123 for three, tried to cut a short delivery from pacer Ishant Sharma which was taken behind by Mahendra Singh Dhoni who threw it up high in the air in delight only to see his claim and that of other team members rejected by umpire Kumar Dharmasena. 

Following Dharmasena turning down the confident appeal, Kohli ran up to the batsman for an exchange of words after which square leg umpire Rod Tucker summoned Dhoni and spoke to him. It was not clear from TV replays whether Trott had edged Sharma or not.

'Disappointed' Sri Lankan coach Graham Ford says 'bowlers lack firepower'

Sri Lankan coach Graham Ford has expressed disappointment over the poor form of his players and believes they lack the 'firepower' after they faced a crushing blow in the first Test by Australia.
After two days of play, the tourists are finding the going tough on 4-87 in reply to the home side's 5-450, with spin sensation Rangana Herath taking 0-75 from 26 overs in Australia's first innings.
"It was disappointing. Australia put us under a lot of pressure and they batted superbly well and got the runs on the board. They came out with the ball and put us under a lot of pressure and perhaps we weren't quite up to it today," the
Sydney Morning Herald quoted Ford, as saying.
"It was a good declaration because it put us under pressure prior to tea.We sort of have a mind-set that they might try to get 500," he added.

Ben Rohrer says Shane Warne 'still king of spin' despite caning him in BBL clash

Sydney osteopath Ben Rohrer is confident that champion leg-spinner Shane Warne would be an 'unbeatable force' if he decided upon a Test return.
Rohrer, 31, became an instant celebrity during the Renegades-Stars Melbourne derby on December 7 when he belted Warne for two consecutive sixes in the opening round of the Big Bash League, believes the spin legend was still the king.
"I think so. Twenty20 is a different format but he's still landing the ball where he wants 99 times out of 100 and I'm sure if he put the hard yards in he could definitely get back there," the Sydney Morning Herald quoted Rohrer, as saying.

Sri Lanka all out for 336 - Australia 27 for 0 at close in 1st Test

Sri Lanka were all out for 336 to trail Australia by 114 runs after the first innings on the third day of the first Hobart Test on Sunday.
Tillakaratne Dilshan top scored with 147 with Peter Siddle the late-innings destroyer, taking five for 54.
Australia were 27 for 0 in their second innings to lead Sri Lanka by 141 runs at the close of the third day of the first Hobart Test on Sunday.
Ed Cowan was not out 16 with David Warner on eight.
Scoreboard at the close on the third day of the first Test between Australia and Sri Lanka at the Bellerive Oval in Hobart on Sunday:

Simon Doull debunks NZC's claim that former Black Caps 'blacklisting board affairs'

Former New Zealand cricketer Simon Doull has said that despite what Chris Moller, Chairman of NZ Cricket may be feeling about the former Black Caps, they have shown plenty of interest in contributing their skills and experience.
In his column in, Doull says that he is surprised at Moller expressing disappointment that former Black Caps haven't been putting their names forward to be involved on his organisation's board.
Doull says "it's become a hot potato following the Ross Taylor affair where a lack of cricket knowledge has been aired as a weakness of the board that governs the game here."
"I take umbrage at Moller's suggestion because I think it's a false accusation," he writes.

Stuart MacGill reckons Shane Warne should make Test comeback

Former Australian leg-spinner Stuart MacGill has backed Shane Warne's return to the Test team, saying that the cricket legend should return if he is keen and available for Sheffield Shield duties.
Warne did little to hose down the prospect of an Ashes comeback when he admitted he would consider taking on England if asked by captain Michael Clarke.
MacGill, who took 82 of his 208 wickets in the 16 Tests he played alongside Warne, believes he is still capable of performing at the highest level.

Ex-skipper Ken Rutherford says 'wide gulf' exists between Black Caps and NZ cricket board

Former test captain Ken Rutherford believes there are plenty of differences that exist between New Zealand Cricket administration and its top players.
He also reckons that controversial director of cricket John Buchanan should be held accountable for the growing chasm.
Rutherford's criticism comes as the spotlight increasingly falls on Buchanan while he appears "missing in action" amid growing speculation he has been marginalised within NZC's complex political machinations since the Ross Taylor captaincy saga blew open."There seems to be a huge gulf that exists at the moment between the administration of New Zealand Cricket and what's actually happening on the playing field," quoted Rutherford, as saying.

Len Pascoe says Cricket Australia's selection policy 'totally flawed'

Former Australian fast bowler Len Pascoe has highlighted Australia's flawed selection policy, which he says could lead to Test pacemen withholding crucial information from team heads about 'form and fitness' because of the latter's dual roles as selectors.
Pascoe said the positions held by Michael Clarke and Mickey Arthur on the panel clouded the selection process, by potentially preventing players from openly discussing their form or fitness problems, as it could count against them when it came to picking a side.
"I know what happens in a team and dressing room environment. "You can get cliques forming and also, to leave it up to a captain to say 'I want this, I want that', that's leaving the captain and coach in a very difficult situation in that 'If I have a problem with my bowling I'm not going to tell him what I've got wrong because he's going to be part of a selection process'," the Sydney Morning Herald quoted Pascoe, as saying.

Michael Vaughan says Joe Root's got 'real leadership qualities to be England captain one day'

Former England cricketer Michael Vaughan believes Joe Root has the right 'real leadership qualities' to become captain of the Three Lions' squad.
In his column in the Sydney Morning Herald, he says, "one day Joe Root will captain England. I hate to put pressure on him, but I have to be honest and say I see a young man with real leadership qualities."
While obviously, Vaughan says, "it will take a while, Alastair Cook will be in the job for a long time," he however adds, "within a couple of years, Joe will be vice-captain and it is great for England, so soon after Andrew Strauss' retirement, that they have found a kid with such a strong character."

Don Bradman 'sports memorabilia' head to India after failed bid by Oz auction house

Precious items and sports memorabilia once owned by cricket legend Don Bradman are now headed to India after an auction failed to capture them, including from the Bradman Museum.
The items, among which were Bradman's 1946 baggy green cap and the bat he used to score 234 in a world record fifth wicket 405-run partnership with Sid Barnes - who also scored 234 - were sold to the foreign buyer at bargain prices.
"It's very disappointing that the top items, including three match-used bats and a Test cap, received absolutely zero interest from our local Bradman Museum, to the point where they couldn't even be bothered coming over to view bats that had never been documented or to see items of historic importance," the Sydney Morning Herald quoted Tom Thompson, of Ravenswick Auctions, as saying.