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Thursday, December 23, 2010

IPL4: VVS, Gilly not in Deccan's plans

So now it's business time once again! IPL players' auction is round the corner and just like other teams, Deccan Chargers, too, are rolling their sleeves up to battle in the players' market. And since it is already confirmed that the big-hitting Adam Gilchirst is making his way out of the Hyderabad-based side, the options available for the 2009 champions make for an interesting reading.

Gilchrist, one of the best in the 'cricketing business', took the team's reins from VVS Laxman after the side had a disastrous inaugural season where it finished at the bottom of the points table. The swashbuckling Aussie not only brought immediate results in the next edition, but also enthused the spirit that was missing in the first season.

Though, touted as underdogs in the 2009 event, which was shifted to South Africa, Gilchrist, with good support from his former Aussie teammate Andrew Symonds and other Indian players took everyone by surprise by clinching the cash-rich event.

But since the left-hander has already made up his mind to look for other opportunities, it is interesting to notice the places he may go to.

It's already in the air that the new entrant, Pune Warriors, could take the services of the 38-year-old as he has got the perfect credence to lead the side. And with good players, decent support staff and owner's backing, he could definitely help the Sahara group-owned side to set off to a flier.

There is also a strong possibility that Kolkata Knight Riders, could rope in the experienced player, as Shah Rukh Khan and other co-owners are looking for a breath of fresh air, especially after the disappointment of the first three seasons, where it performed much below everyone's expectations.

If Sourav Ganguly — the present captain of KKR — leaves the Kolkata side, which very much seems to be on the cards, then Gilchrist could be the right person that coach Dav Whatmore and his team would like to work with.

And as the date — December 8 — to retain the four marquee players by each team is approaching, only Andrew Symonds and Kemar Roach are certain to have a long run for the Deccan side.

There is no chance that Herschelle Gibbs, who has been in the news lately more for his controversial book than his cricketing credentials, will be retained. It is also certain that Chaminda Vass, who is over 36 years of age, will make the cut. West Indian Dwayne Smith had already got an extended spell with the franchise, so it is unlikely that he would be a part of the set up this time.

Two other Australians, young Mitchell Marsh and pacer Ryan Harris who were impressive with the limited outings they got, are not the best bargains with the amount of money at stake.

Since maximum of only three Indian players can be retained by a franchise, for most of the players, it's a battle of survival as few may just not be picked by the same side or may be by any.

The most interesting case will be of VVS Laxman. The stylish Hyderabadi batsman has been on a roll — playing vital innings and scoring tons of runs — in the longest version of the game. But still many find him slow for the fast-pace cricket. His ground fielding, except standing in slips, has always been under the scanner.

And though it would be difficult to fill Gilchrist's shoes but another Australian, who is as competent as the left hander, Shane Warne could be the perfect replacement for the wicket-keeper batsman. The former Aussie great had a dream inaugural season with the Rajasthan Royals, helping them winning the trophy in 2008.

However, his availability will depend on whether the Jaipur-based team gets the chance to participate in the next edition. But if things go according to the BCCI's plan then Warne could well be in Deccan's dug out next season.

Warne's teammates in Rajasthan, Shane Watson and Yusuf Pathan, could also be the lucky one if being selected for the Chargers. Same holds true for Kings XI Punjab's Sri Lankan veterans, Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene. The two Sri Lankans are looking certain to leave the Mohali side, especially after the dreadful outing they had in the last three years.

So the stage is set and the players are ready to be under the hammer and now everything depends on how quickly Deccan charges itself up to make a move in the players' auction.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Lara, Gilly in top bracket for IPL auction

Dec 21, 2010 Former West Indies great Brian Lara, dashing Australian batsman Adam Gilchrist and hard-hitting Chris Gayle are among the overseas players who have been put in the top price bracket for the January 8 and 9 players' auction for the fourth edition of the Indian Premier League(IPL).

Around 400 foreign players have expressed their willingness to be a part of the cash-rich event. They have been classified in six brackets ranging from $20,000 to $400,000.

Defending World T20 champions England have six players - Stuart Broad, James Anderson, Kevin Pietersen, Graeme Swann, Luke Wright and Michael Yardy - in top bracket. New Zealand have their skipper Daniel Vettori, deputy Ross Taylor and wicketkeeper batsman Brendon McCullum in the top rung.

The Australians have only three players - Shaun Marsh, Gilchrist and Brett Lee - in the top bracket base price. The Hussey brothers Mike and David are in the second base price bracket of $300,000, while T20 and ODI specialist David Warner is in the third bracket with a base price of $200,000.

It is also learnt that, Mitchell Johnson, Michael Clarke and Ricky Ponting's names did not figure in the list that the IPL governing council had sent to the franchisees.

Surprisingly, Sri Lankan captain Kumar Sangakkara is missing from the top group as only two Sri Lankans - Mahela Jayawardene and TM Dilshan - have found place. South African captain Graeme Smith and AB de Villiers are in the elite group as well.

There are however no Bangaldeshis in the top bracket as Shakib Al-Hasan gets the highest base price of $200,000, while Mohammed Ashraful and Tamim Iqbal have base prices of $50,000 and 100,000 respectively.

Top Bracket Base Price ($400,000)

England: Kevin Pietersen, James Anderson, Graeme Swann, Stuart Broad, Luke Wright, Michael Yardy

New Zealand: Daniel Vettori, Ross Taylor, Brendon McCullum

Australia: Adam Gilchrist, Shaun Marsh, Brett Lee

South Africa: Graeme Smith and AB de Villiers.

Sri Lanka: TM Dilshan, Mahela Jayawardene

West Indies: Chris Gayle, Brian Lara

Thursday, November 25, 2010

I did nothing wrong: Lalit Modi

Putting up a stout defence, sacked BCCI administrator Lalit Modi on Thursday denied any wrongdoing during his role as IPL commissioner and called the charges against him as witch-hunt.

Modi said he did not rig any of the IPL bids, did not make money out of IPL and that BCCI was aware of all his actions.

Modi, in an interview to You Tube, said he actually spent from his own pocket during his tenure and never took any money from the Indian cricket Board for his job.

Modi, said he would return to India whenever he is convinced that he is safe in the country.

Modi said he was sorry that his tweets led to Shashi Tharoor's sacking but did not regret tweeting.

He said whatever he did during the Kochi bid process, he did it for the benefit of the investors.

Modi is facing charges of financial irregularities and is facing probe by Enforcement Directorate, BCCI Disciplinary Committee and the Chennai Police.

Modi said BCCI was aware about the entire bidding process including that some of his relatives were involved.

"When somebody turns around and says that they didn't know about it it's absolutely a false story...I mean everybody concerned from the governing council to the BCCI members, were very much present in the room, and in fact everybody was just happy at that point in time because we got eight bids," he said.

"In fact you had my Vice Chairman Niranjan Shah who was questioned immediately after the auction and said 'Mr Modi's relatives have bid', he said 'so what, there are no other bidders out there, and if he has bid he has put his own money in', if it wasn't friends and family that are coming to bid and come into...and believe in the product they wouldn't have had the IPL in the first place," he said.

Asked about all the charges he said, "What I did is absolutely by the book, what I...and the rules that we made, and we went out and delivered what we had to do. Currently whatever is on is like a witch hunt and you know I'd rather not comment on it, this is something that you've got to ask the government why they're doing it."

Modi denied the allegations that he influenced the bid process as he wanted Adani Group and Videocon to win the franchisees for season IV.

"How do you rig the process? It's an open bid, it's a tender process, you put the tender in, highest person wins, if that was the case why did Adani not win? Why did Videocon not win? Sahara went and won it for 370 million because it was an open process. Kochi went and won. If it was going to be a rigged process they (Adani and Videocon) would have won."

Modi is though confident that he will come out clean. "It's going to end by me getting a clean slate." Explaining the Kochi row, which eventually cost Modi and Union minister Tharoor their jobs, he said, "For the first time I found that an agreement had been submitted by a party where they had a 25% sweat equity clause in there, and that clause, irrespective of the capitalisation was going to ask the other 75% shareholders to pay for losses over the next decade of's business at the end of the day for them, and today you must support it for other various reasons, but sooner down the line it's going to become business and your accountant's going to tell you 'guys you're going to be bankrupt' or 'you've got to pump in more money."

He said he never aimed to hurt Tharoor and it just happened.

Tharoor got embroiled in the controversy when it came to light that her close friend Sunanda Pushkar, with whom he married recently, had sweat equity in Kochi Franchisee and that the minister had interest in the franchisee.

"Well that wasn't intended, it happened, it wasn't intended to embarrass anybody. It was the intention of that to get the truth out there, it wasn't intended to ridicule, embarrass a minister or the government.

"I'm sorry that it happened, but at the end of the day you've got to understand that the events leading to Kochi are still sub judice. I wouldn't like to at this point in time actually get into the nitty gritties and the details of what actually happened," he said.

Modi also spoke about controversial IPL television rights deal with World Sports Group, due to which BCCI said it suffered loses to the tune of $80 million.

"When we went out to market the rights of IPL you'd be surprised there was one bidder, and that one bidder was World Sports Group. Sony actually bid and withdrew their bid prior to the bids even opening. ESPN bid, but they'd put zero number on the table so that their bid was disqualified.

"The only company that actually put any money on the table above the minimum guarantee amount was World Sports Group in the round one, and that's...and then they did a back to back licensing deal with Sony.

"A marketing company's job is to buy and sell rights, so if they bought a right that's close to USD two billion as an example and they sold it for two billion eighty to somebody as an example, and they made USD 80 million over a ten year period, what's wrong with that?

Modi said instead BCCI made money with his idea, which proved to be superhit.

"I can very clearly tell you that I have not pocketed any money from the IPL. You've got to keep in mind I created something out of nothing. The BCCI had benefited, will benefit in the next ten years in excess of USD 2 billion which is never something that they have projected, to project that they were going to get, this is something of an initiative that I took on my own, as an honorary member... and I did not do it for myself, and the benefit 100% accrued to the BCCI.

Modi also defended his lavish lifestyle saying he managed his expenses on his own.

"All costs that are related to my staying in a hotel or travelling or cars, are all mine, you know, BCCI may have provided a car here or there in a particular city, but they all charge it back to me.

"I fly on my own accord, I stay in hotels on my own cost, I run the IPL on my own time, I have people working in the IPL that are my personal staff which I pay for, and that is my contribution, in fact I'm paying for it, not somebody else."

Modi said he is cooperating with investigating agencies and will return to India when he feels it is safe for him.

"We have provided every piece of document that is needed by the enforcement directorate, all I've said it because of security issues I do not want to take the risk, for me security is a very important issue, the security of me and my family is extremely important," he said.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

I have defended him when others have criticised him. Yet something has changed this year.

ike Kevin Pietersen. Take as you find, I've always thought, and Kevin has always been a most polite, well-mannered and well-brought-up person. I have felt privileged to have watched a rare talent over the past five years and have enjoyed dealing with him as a media man.

Dropped: KP was axed from the England squad on Tuesday

Dropped: KP was axed from the England squad on Tuesday

I have defended him when others have criticised him. Yet something has changed this year. He has been, as Nasser Hussain said on these pages yesterday, a man apart. He has always been more popular in the dressing room than common perception would suggest but this year he has seemed detached.

He has been wary of doing press conferences, has felt that his honesty and openness have counted against him and, most importantly, has lost that spark on the field that made him such a special batsman.

Whether he regains it now, after being dropped by England for the first time, is the crucial question. But we must not be surprised if we never again see the outrageous shots and sheer self-belief that have characterised his game ever since that Ashes-winning hundred at The Oval in 2005.

Three big things have made KP different now. The loss of the England captaincy hurt him more than has been acknowledged and it clearly has been eating away at him that Andrew Strauss has had the working environment he craved when he told his employers that England would never fulfil their potential with Peter Moores as coach.

Then the achilles injury which struck last year proved far more serious than any of us imagined, and Pietersen's sense of disillusionment was increased by what he considered poor medical treatment.

Finally, and most significantly, he has become a father and has become so enveloped in family life that his hunger for cricketing achievement has taken second place in his list of priorities.

If Kevin Pietersen does not become a great, if he does not go on to make 10,000 Test runs, it does not mean that he has failed. But it would be a great shame for those of us who thought we were seeing cricketing history in the making while watching him.

The ICC have a job to do when these enquiries are concluded

There are more questions than answers, sang Johnny Nash, and cricket is suffering big time right now. Is it 'shock, horror, outrage' though? I think not.

Since spread and spot-betting came into vogue, sport in general has become vulnerable. Novelty bets started it all off. How many seconds before the first throw in at football?
Accused: Mohammad Aamer

Accused: Mohammad Aamer

How many 'dot' balls in an individual's innings at cricket? You could go through most sports and have a wager on 'a bit of fun'.

To my knowledge the regulated bookmakers knocked this sort of stuff on the head and your major players in the UK such as Coral, William Hill and Betfair are all very much above board.

Many people whom I speak to say that betting on sport should be banned. They miss the point in relation to this latest scandal. The bookmakers concerned are illegal and operate overseas, mainly in India and Dubai, but have operatives in the UK.

Here is another question. Is it a culture thing? This sort of betting has a habit of implicating Pakistan. Do the players concerned know that they have done something very wrong and immoral which damages the game?

Or is it something that they have been doing throughout their formative years? 'An odd no-ball here and there. What's the problem?'

There is a sinister side to this, too, if you believe the rumours and tittle-tattle going about. Families are threatened and homes are at risk if players do not comply. This, to us in the cosy UK, seems far-fetched but until you go to Pakistan or India you cannot begin to grasp what cricket means over there.

The ICC have a job to do when these enquiries are concluded. Big name players, in the recent past, have been censured but not a great deal has been done and many have high-profile jobs in the game.

Whether the ICC's hands have been tied legally I don't know, but clearly more has to be done. Other teams will have been approached and if the Metropolitan Police have entered the rabbit warren we may be in for a painful time in this glorious game's history. Sad times.

Malik said that she broke with Asif due to his links with the bookies.

Giving a twist to the ongoing controversy, Veena Malik, ex-girlfriend of Pakistan's fast bowler Mohammad Asif, revealed startling news against the national cricket players and its management, saying that all players and the PCB officials, from top to bottom, are involved in the match-fixing mess.

Since the news of match-fixing surfaced during the Lord's test, Veena Malik, a TV comedian, who also appeared in a number of Punjabi movies, became one of the most vocal person, blaming her former lover and the PCB officials on several TV stations. She claimed that her former partner Mohammad Asif had links with the Indian bookies.

Malik said that she will meet the ICC's anti-corruption unit official Reza Hasan in connection with her revelations that Asif has links with Indian bookies. Hasan arrived Pakistan on Wednesday to probe the match-fixing drama.

"I have been called by a senior police officer who told me that an ICC anti-corruption unit official will meet me tomorrow (Thursday) to ascertain the truth of the revelations I made about Asif and his links with Indian bookies," Malik stated.

Veena Malik claimed that Asif had confessed during a phone call from Australia that there were plans to throw the three Test matches against the Australian side.

He allegedly told Ms Malik to "stop praying - we will not win a single match during the tour to Australia".

"When Pakistan started losing matches in Australia, I jokingly said "For God's sake, win a match." And he replied "We won't win anything until 2010," she said.

" Pakistan Cricket Board had proofs of all these irregularities but refrained from going against Asif or others like him. And why will the PCB officials take any action as they themselves are part of the entire dirty game," Malik remarked.

Malik and Asif enjoyed intimate relationship for quite some time. Malik stressed that Asif was involved in match fixing and his links with bookies, particularly, the Indian ones, had come to light when she travelled with him to Bangkok before Pakistan's tour of Australia.

She revealed that Asif had told her that he was offered $40,000 by an Indian bookie to underperform in Australia but he had demanded $200,000.

She said that Pakistani skipper Salman Butt and pacer Mohammad Aamer, the two other players involved in the spot-fixing scandal were not Asif's friends.
"Perhaps the common cause (of match-fixing) has brought them closer," she said.

Malik said that she broke with Asif due to his links with the bookies.

"Being a patriotic Pakistani, I did not want him to indulge in such activities," she said. Malik earlier claimed on TV that Asif was a drunkard and it was difficult to handle him. She also claimed that Asif had to return her money which he borrowed from her. By then, the news in media was that Asif wanted to get rid of her.

A PCB official, wishing not to be named, said that Malik was "heartbroken" after her split with Asif and had been targeting the cricketer since he refused to marry her.

"In the light of this, her allegations should not be taken seriously," the official said.

Ban Pakistan trio if guilty of fixing: Warne

Three Pakistan cricketers should face a life ban if they are found guilty of being involved in a betting scam, Australian leg-spin great Shane Warne said on Thursday.

Captain Salman Butt and bowlers Mohammad Aamer and Mohammad Asif, currently on tour in England, have been summoned to London to meet the Pakistan Cricket Board chief and the country's ambassador to Britain.

Britain's News of the World newspaper has alleged that several Pakistan players were part of a scam to bowl deliberate no-balls at precise points in last week's Test match against England.

"If it is true and they have been found (guilty of) match-fixing and throwing games and spot-betting with the no-balls and stuff, if that's the case they should be thrown out," Warne told reporters.

"It's as simple as that. I don't think there should be any other way to do it.

"If it's fixed by players, they should be banned for life. Anyone who's involved should be thrown out."

The International Cricket Council has promised "prompt and decisive action" if the spot-fixing allegations linked to underworld betting rings are proven.

The man at the centre of the alleged scam has also reportedly boasted that he earned 1.3 million US dollars for fixing January's Sydney Test between Australia and Pakistan, when the visitors threw away a commanding position.

Warne was a television commentator during the Sydney Test when Pakistan's bizarre field placings and batting collapse helped Australia claim an unlikely come-from-behind victory.

"They are only allegations at the moment so I suppose you have to say innocent until proven guilty," Warne said.

"But looking back at the (Sydney) Test match, if it was fixed, you could understand how it was fixed by the way they were captaining the side and their tactics.

"It would make sense -- if it was true."

Warne has had his own trouble with shady characters who stalk the game.

In 1998 the bowler and batsman Mark Waugh were fined by Australia's cricket board for providing information to an Indian bookmaker during a tour of Sri Lanka four years earlier.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

cricket world cup 2011 logo

India will have big moment of
organize one of the major tournament in Gentleman's game called cricket. infect India, SriLanka and Bangladesh will host the ODI (one day International) cricket world cup. according to ICC (International Cricket Council) rules world cup must be held by all neighbor hood country which is playing cricket. so by that Pakistan is the candidate for WC event but from many years Pakistan supports terrorism so they have to face this fact. not only in cricket but at every step. if ICC will give permission to Pakistan for world cup cricket 2001 then also after 26/11 attack on Mumbai Indian government and people never want about their player to play in India and similarly abt Pakistan Govtmnt. Bangladesh have first chance for hosting this type of big event. any way ICC declare ODI cricket world cup logo for this World cup ICC and BCCI will strongly watch about copy right of Live Streaming and Live score of Cricket match world cup after complain of official broadcasters. ESPNSTAR is the official broadcaster of ICC.
there will be
49 matches will be played in this world cup out them 29 in India(8 grounds), 12 in Srilanka(3 grounds), and 8 in Bangladesh(2 grounds). Pakistan’s 14 matches transferred India(8) , Srilanka (4) and Bangladesh(2).

Cricket Schedule : Year 2010

England Cricket Schedule : Year 2010
Months Versus Matches Fixtures & Result
January England in South Africa 4 tests + 5 ODI + T20 Eng in SA 2010
February-March England in Bangladesh 2 tests + 3 ODIs Eng in Bdesh 2010
April T20 WC in West Indies Twenty20 World cup World T20 2010
May Bangladesh in England 2 Test + 3 ODI Bdesh in Eng 2010
June Australia in England 5 ODI Series Aus in Eng 2010
Aug-Sept Pakistan in England 4 test & 5 ODI Pak in Eng 2010
Nov-Dec England in Australia Ashes 2011 Ashes 2010-11

India Cricket Schedule : Year 2010
January India in Bangladesh 2 Test + Triseries India in Bdesh 2010
February-March South Africa in India 3 Test + 5 ODI SA in Ind 2010
April T20 WC in West Indies Twenty20 World Cup World T20 2010
May India in Zimbabwe Triseries, 2 T20 Ind in Zim 2010
June Asia Cup ODI tournament Asia cup 2010
July-Aug India in Sri Lanka Tests, Triseries India in SL 2010
October Australia in India 2 test, 3 ODI Aus in Ind 2010
November New Zealand in India 3 Test + 5 ODI NZ in Ind 2010
December India in SAfrica Test, ODI, T20 India in SA 2010

Australia Cricket Schedule : Year 2010
January Pakistan in Australia 3 Test + 5 ODI + T20 Pak in Aus 2010
February West Indies in Australia 5 ODI + T20 WI in Aus 2010
March-April Australia in New Zealand 3 Test + 5 ODI + 2 T20s Aus in NZ 2010
April T20 World Cup in WI Twenty20 World Cup World T20 2010
June Australia in England 5 ODI Series Aus in Eng 2010
July Pak v Aus in Eng 2 T20 & 2 tests Pak v Aus 2010
August Bangladesh in Australia 2 Test & 3 ODI Bdesh in Aus 2010
October Australia in India 2 test, 3 ODI Aus in Ind 2010
November England in Australia 5 Test Series Ashes 2010-11

Pakistan Cricket Schedule : Year 2010
January Pakistan in Australia 3 Test + 5 ODI + T20 Pak in Aus 2010
April T20 World cup in West Indies Twenty20 World Cup World T20 2010
June Asia Cup ODI tournament Asia cup 2010
July Pak v Aus in Eng 2 T20 & 2 tests Pak v Aus 2010
Aug-Sept Pakistan v England 4 test & 5 ODI Pak in Eng 2010
October Bangladesh in Pakistan 2 Test + 3 ODI Bdesh in Pak 2010
November South Africa v Pak in UAE 2 Tests + 3 ODI SA v Pak 2010

New Zealand Cricket Schedule : Year 2010
February Bangladesh in New Zealand 1 Test, 3 ODI, 2 T20 Bdesh in NZ 2010
March-April Australia in New Zealand Test + ODI + T20 Aus in NZ 2010
April T20 World cup in West Indies Twenty20 World Cup WC T20 2010
July New Zealand in Sri Lanka Triseries Ind v NZ v SL
October New Zealand in Bangladesh 2 Test + 3 ODI NZ in Bdesh 2010
November New Zealand in India 3 Test + 5 ODI NZ in Ind 2010

Sri Lanka Cricket Schedule : Year 2010
January Srilanka in Bangladesh Triseries Ind v SL v Bdesh
April T20 World cup in West Indies Twenty20 World Cup WC T20 2010
June SL in Zim ODI Triseries SL in Zim 2010
June Asia Cup ODI Tournament Asia Cup 2010
July-Aug India & New Zealand in Sri Lanka Tests, Triseries Ind in SL 2010
Nov-Dec West Indies in Sri Lanka 3 Test + 5 ODI WI in SL 2010

South Africa Cricket Schedule : Year 2010
January England in South Africa 4 Test + 5 ODI Eng in SA 2010
February-March South Africa in India 3 Test + 5 ODI SA in Ind 2010
April T20 World cup in WI Twenty20 World Cup WC T20 2010
May-June South Africa in West Indies 4 Test + 5 ODI SA in WI 2010
September Zimbabwe in South Africa ODI Series Zim in SA 2010
Oct-Nov South Africa v Pak in UAE 2 Test + 3 ODI SA v Pak 2010
December India in South Africa Test, T20, ODI India in SA 2010

West Indies Cricket Schedule : Year 2010
February West Indies in Australia 5 ODI + T20 WI in Aus 2010
March Zimbabwe in West Indies ODI Series Zim in WI 2010
April T20 World cup in West Indies Twenty20 World Cup WC T20 2010
May-June South Africa in West Indies 4 Test + 5 ODI SA in WI 2010
Nov-Dec West Indies in Sri Lanka 3 Test + 5 ODI WI in SL 2010

Bangladesh Cricket Schedule : Year 2010
January SL & Ind in Bdesh ODI Triseries Ind v SL v Bdesh
January India in Bangladesh 2 Tests Ind in Bdesh 2010
February Bangladesh tour New Zealand Test + ODI + T20 Bdesh in NZ 2010
March England in Bangladesh Test + ODI Eng in Bdesh 2010
April T20 World cup in West Indies Twenty20 World cup World T20 2010
May Bangladesh in England 2 Test + 3 ODI Bdesh in Eng 2010
June Asia Cup ODI Tournament Asia cup 2010
July Bangladesh in Australia 2 Tests Bdesh in Aus 2010
August Bangladesh in Pakistan 2 Test + 3 ODI Bdesh in Pak 2010
October New Zealand in Bangladesh 2 Test + 3 ODI NZ in Bdesh 2010

Sunday, May 16, 2010

England are new T20 World champions 2010

Bridgetown (Barbados): Craig Kieswetter struck a sparkling 63 as England were crowned Twenty20 world champions after crushing Australia by seven wickets in the summit clash to win their maiden ICC tournament title here on Sunday.

Kieswetter made the much vaunted Australian bowling attack look like pedestrian with an explosive 49-ball innings which was studded with seven fours and two sixes as England chased down the target of 148 with three overs to spare in the grand finale at the Kensington Oval here.

He was given able support by Kevin Pietersen who made a valuable 31-ball 47 which had four boundaries and a six in it.

The awesome pair brought the hitherto mighty Australians to their knees by stitching 111 runs from just 68 balls for the second wicket to set up the win for England.

Earlier, England produced a clinical bowling performance to restrict Australia to 147 for six, made possible mainly due to David Hussey's 54-ball 59, after Paul Collingwood inserted their Ashes rivals after winning the toss.

By beating Australia in the final today, England won their first ICC event title after finishing runners-up in three 50-over World Cups -- in 1979, 1987 and 1992 -- and Champions Trophy at home in 2004.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Monday, April 26, 2010

I am still chairman

Thank you fans for applauding each of the 1708 fours & 585 sixes hit in #IPL 2010. You make ipl wat it is

Thank you all for your message of support. It is really appreciated. I am still chairman of IPL. Just suspended. Wait - we have just begun.

Goodbye Lalit Modi

The Governing Council of the IPL served IPL Chairman Lalit Modi a formal email stating his ouster as the IPL chairman just after the grand finale of the DLF Indian Premier League. Lalit Modi is facing 22 charges of impropriety including accepting a multi-million dollar kickback while assigning the telecast rights for IPL matches and attempting to rig bids for IPL Kochi and IPL Pune.

On Monday morning, The Governing Council of the IPL made Chirayu Amin as the interim chief of the IPL.

On the other hand defiant Modi said to NDTV, “Are they so scared of me attending the meeting? Are they so scared of the truth?”

This whole IPL mess looks nothing less than a bollywood story where a hero is turned villain but what matters us is what is going to happen to this new cricket format which is loved by one and all.

Presentation Ceremony DLF IPL Final

The mega event ended today with Chennai Super Kings winning the final against Mumbai Indians. Few awards were given in the presentation ceremony.

Suresh Raina got the maximum sixes award. He also got the Man of the Match award. After winning the match he said “Our staff have put in lot of hard work. I’m really happy for the team. It’s been a great year for us.

Andrew Symonds got the ‘Karbol Kamaal catches’ award for the IPL 3.

Sourabh Tiwary was named the Under-23 success of the tournament due to his brilliant 419 runs

Kingfisher Fairplay award went to Chennai Super Kings.

Orange Cap was presented by Nita Ambani to Sachin Tendulkar

Purple Cap was presented by the owner of Deccan Chargers to Pragyan Ojha.

Sachin Tendulkar captain of Mumbai Indians got a cheque of Rs 3 crores for being the runners-up said “A couple of important catches cost us, the start also.. we could have accelerated a little bit more, it was just one of those tough days, I want to thank all the Mumbai Indians supporters. Towards the end, Pollard came and it was a bit too late. It’s been a terrific journey, it’s been an honour to be part of the Mumbai Indians, the support staff has also been tremendous. It’s been a special tournament for us, barring today. Most likely I’ll be playing next year as well.”

MS Dhoni lifted the IPL trophy and collected Rs 6 crores as winners said “Credit goes to the team, we were under pressure in the middle of he tournament, excited to lift the trophy today. We were happy with the total, the Mumbai wicket supports the seamers and Bollinger did well early, Ashwin has been doing a superb job with new ball. We were able to create the kind of pressure to get wickets. The IPL gets better and better, the benchmark keeps rising each year. The players will sweat more because of extra teams next year, the pressure will be on the office-bearers to make it further big.”

Ending the gala event, chairman of IPL Lalit Modi “For many years I have lived a dream that India would have a sports league that we would be proud of. We have had some off-field issues that are mainly due to half-truths. If there is any flouting of rules, I take full responsibilities. I assure that IPL is clean and transparent. We should not allow this brand to be diluted. We must help this evolve to be stronger and better. As the proverb goes ” The obstacle is our path”, we have faced several challenges. I thank all my team members, team members, BCCI officials, sponsors and everyone for their support. All I wanted is to leave a footprint in this glorious game. My final thank you is to all the fans, we missed you last year and it’s your passion that keeps us going. Thank you!! “