Monday, 31 December 2012

Glenn McGrath to be inducted into the ICC Hall of Fame

The International Cricket Council (ICC) today announced that former Australia bowler Glenn McGrath will be inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame on January 4, 2013 during the lunch interval of the third Test match between Australia and Sri Lanka in Sydney.

McGrath becomes the 68th male member of the Hall of Fame and joins fellow 2012-13 inductees West Indian Brian Lara and England's Enid Bakewell in being recognized by the ICC and the living members of the Hall of Fame.

Bangladesh shelves Pakistan tour over security

Bangladesh said Monday it had shelved on safety grounds a planned cricket tour of Pakistan, which would have been the first by an international team since a 2009 militant attack on Sri Lanka's bus.
The two teams had been scheduled to play a Twenty20 and a one-day international on January 12 and 13 respectively, both in Lahore.
But Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) president Nazmul Hassan told reporters the proposed tour had been put off indefinitely amid fears over players' safety, following protests by Bangladeshis and a Facebook campaign against the visit.
Anti-Pakistan sentiment still runs strong in the country, which was part of Pakistan until 1971 when it won independence after a nine-month war.

Misbah-ul-Haq praises Dhoni for his brilliant ton

His gritty century could not help India's win but skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni's ton under challenging conditions was acknowledged and appreciated by his counterpart Misbah-ul-Haq, here Sunday. Dhoni scored a fighting 113 when India were staring down the barrel at 29 for 5 after being put into bat in bowling friendly conditions.
Dhoni was also adjudged the Man of the Match for his knock. "It was more difficult to play in the first half. There was lot of moisture but very well played by Dhoni. He single- handedly took the game away from us but in the end [Nasir] Jamshed played brilliantly for us," Misbah said at the post match presentation ceremony. 

Dhoni ton one of the best under pressure: Imran Khan

Former Pakistan captain Imran Khan Sunday praised Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni for his heroic innings of 113 in the first ODI against Pakistan in Chennai and said it was one of best knocks under pressure.
Coming out in the 10th over when India were down in the dumps at 29 for 5, Dhoni single-handedly took India's total to 227 for 6 with an unbeaten knock of 113 from 125 balls though his side lost the match by six wickets. 
"I think he played really well and in fact it was an exceptional innings under pressure. But for his knock, this match would have been over in two-three hours," Imran said.

Sourav Ganguly wants an Indian coach after Duncan Fletcher

With Duncan Fletcher's two-year tenure as India coach nearing its end, former captain Sourav Ganguly has pitched in for a home-grown person to take charge of the team next year, saying that the country has enough talent.
"We need to have an Indian coach and I am dead sure we have enough talent in the country to find an Indian coach," Ganguly said
"It is not about individuals but I feel time has come for an Indian coach to take over," Ganguly said at a panel discussion after the launch of inaugural Wisden India Almanack magazine here Saturday night.