Monthly Archives: April 2007

News in brief: 29 April 2007

It is three in a row for Australia as Gilchrist destroys a spirited Sri Lankan side. Ponting has said that his team dominated the world cup like no other team has and added that he is excited by his side’s future prospects.

By contrast in the Sri Lankan camp, the mood was a little less upbeat but their fans were still defiant and drew solace from their team’s performance. According to reports a grand welcome awaits the Sri Lankan team.

Australia’s out-going coach John Buchanan said it was his nation’s destiny to be at the cutting edge of cricket after they’d won a third straight World Cup title.

Back in India, in an exclusive interview to CNN-IBN, BCCI chief Sharad Pawar has disclosed that some younger players told him that they felt advertisement companies were trying to influence selection. Not surprisingly, there seems to be much more to the sponsorship issue than what meets the eye. This disclosure is bound to cause a furore; and speculation will be rife about the ‘seniors’ who are already under the pump.

In South Africa, Bob Woolmer’s body finally reached Cape Town

In today’s Sachin Tendulkar related news, retiring Aussie great Glen McGrath rated Lara ahead of Tendulkar!.

News in brief: 27 April 2007

It is touch and elegance versus brute power as Sri Lanka are set to take on the mighty Australians tomorrow at Barbados. Ricky Ponting has said that his team is more than ready for the Lankans even though they have some quality bowlers like Murali, Vaas and Malinga. His team mate and potential successor Michael Clarke continued in similar vain adding that the Aussies are in almost unbeatable form and Sri Lanka will have to play out of their skins to compete.

Cricinfo’s Rahul Bhattacharya pays tribute to Glenn McGrath and says that the great man is still on top as he prepares for a final fling.

Sri Lanka’s Muttiah Muralitharan is on the verge of becoming the most successful bowler in cricket history but said World Cup victory over Australia on Saturday would top all his achievements.

Jayawardene does a Ganguly, keeps Ponting waiting! Much to the annoyance of Ricky Ponting, the Sri Lankan captain turned up an hour late for a scheduled beach photo shoot with the Australian skipper and the Cup to promote Saturday’s final, according to a media reports.

Gerald Majola, Cricket South Africa’s CEO, has criticised the team’s mental strength and inability to build on recent successes following their loss to Australia… and we thought mindless mud slinging was purely a sub-continent trait.

Steve Waugh who is currently visiting India has said that the Indians were dull and flat in the world cup.

Viv Richards who has been writing for the Hindustan Times recently has asked not to compare himself and Tendulkar

Steve Bucknor and Aleem Dar have been appointed to stand as the on-field umpires for the World Cup final

– Vish

News in brief: 26 April 2007

It is a repeat of 1996 as Australia pulverise South Africa to meet Sri Lanka in the finals. The South Africans admitted that they were outclassed by the Aussies.

Osman Samiuddin examines the coaching question faced by most teams following their World Cup campaigns. Talking of coaches, Venkatesh Prasad, India’s bowling coach for the Bangladesh tour is excited about the prospect of his debut tour as a coach for the national side. Generally, we have observed that successful coaches including Whatmore, Buchannan and Moody had modest records as players. The corollary appears true too if you consider Chappell, Richards and Miandad. Based on this trend, we can expect a reasonable outcome from Prasad’s tenure for his record is neither ordinary nor extraordinary like his bowling skills.

According to PTI reports, Tom Moody is unlikely to be India’s coach

If reports are to be believed, Inzamam may be dropped from Test squad for Pakistan’s home series against South Africa. If it happens, nobody including Inzamam will be surprised or shocked.

‘Tendulkar playing for wrong reasons’ says Ian ‘calling-spade-a-spade’ Chappell without clearly specifying what those reasons are. By contrast, Viv Richards has come to Tendulkar’s supportearlier this week

– Vish

News in brief: 25 April 2007

Its Murali and Mahela show at Sabina Park as Sri Lanka outplays NZ to reach the finals

The second semi-final starts today at St Lucia. Australia’s strategy apparently is to allow Jacques Kallis to spend more time in the middle so that the scoring rate can be contained! Sounds like one of those juvenile mind game comments we are accustomed to from Australia.

Stephen Fleming resigns as NZ ODI captain but would like to continue as skipper for the Test side.

PCB has advertised for a new coach for Pakistan. This is not going to be easy

What India needs to learn from Australia?…according to Javed Miandad.

Viv Richards feels that the Indian fans are ungreatful to Sachin Tendulkar! Excerpts from his interview to CNN-IBN makes interesting reading

Trevor Chesterfield’s two cents on whats wrong with the Indian team .

-Vish

News in Brief: 24 April 2007

BCCI has announced a two-year term for the next coach and manager. Aparently a seven member “special committee” has been set up to advice on the coach-manager selection. The names doing the rounds for the coaching job includes Tom Moody, Dav Whatmore, John Buchanan, John Wright and Viv Richards. If Gavaskar has his way, the Aussies are out of contention. Hopefully common sense will prevail or is it asking too much of the BCCI?

According to Richard Hadlee the Sabina Park pitch may suit the Kiwis. What about Malinga? He may like to return the favour too.

Amay Khurasiya, who played 12 ODIs for India matches between 1999 and 2001, announced his retirement from first class cricket. He is keen on taking up coaching. Sure thing Amay. Coaching is certainly the flavour of the month.

The body of murdered Pakistan cricket coach Bob Woolmer has been released by the coroner and will soon be returned to his family in South Africa.

Sachin Tendulkar turns 34. How long will he continue to play is anybody’s guess.

News in brief: 23 April 2007

Sunil Gavaskar, Ravi Shastri and Srinivas Venkatraghavan are part of the committee set up by the BCCI to appoint the next coach. People are still taking Gavaskar seriously. Amazing!!

Another ‘amazing’ news from the BCCI is that they are going to persist with the zonal selection approach thereby guaranteeing that Indian cricket will not progress. Thank you BCCI for this forward looking approach!

New Zealand takes on Sri Lanka in Jamaica where the bounce may help New Zealand more while South Africa meets Australia in the semi finals where history seems to favours the Aussies

Jacques Kallis and Matthew Hayden have started a war of words ahead of the World Cup semifinals. Now why is’nt anyone surprised?

According to Jamican Police snake venom may have killed Woolmer

-Vish

Death of One Dayers – The WC Tragedy

WC 07, for me, has opened (reopened!) up the tests vs. one dayers debate. The almost meaningless, meandering games with only shallow and superficial excitement, teams’ fortunes changing with no rhyme or reason, violent bludgeoning of the cricket ball from seemingly overdosed musclemen, murders and conspiracies, all put together, have taken any bit of charm that may have remained in one day cricket (for me!). What in hell difference does it make if Bangladesh trounces India or South Africa or Ireland humiliates Pakistan other than providing those minnows their one day of paid glory? The several hundreds and or fastest fifties that Hayden plundered will become a thing of the past, while even his remarkable 300 in tests will remain an innings to remember. Even Andre Nel seems to reserve his theatrical talents for the five day extravaganza. Heck, even world cup football (soccer) seemed more exciting considering I much rather prefer the localized versions of the sport.One day cricket is decaying into its almost farcical progeny, the 20-20 type. I cannot wait for the next test series to begin, when all sanity will return, when cricket will go back to its normal glorious stature.

Like the paintings of rennaissance, like the compositions of carnatic trinity, Beethoven or Mozart, like the music of Pink Floyd, Miles Davis or Sanjay Subrahmanyan, test cricket (for me!) will remain the only true art of sport!!Eagerly looking forward to seeing gentlemen in whites again!

– Srikanth