Daily Archives: 6 July 2007

England Tour Itinerary

The first match of the tour starts tomorrow. Here is the itinerary for the entire tour – 

  Against Venue Dates
3 Day Tour Match Sussex Hove Jul 7-10, 2007
3 Day Tour Match England Lions Chelmsford Jul 13-15, 2007
1st Test England Lord’s Jul 19-23, 2007
2nd Test England Nottingham  Jul 27-31, 2007
3 Day Tour Match Sri Lanka A Leicester Aug 3-5, 2007
3rd Test Englad The Oval Aug 9-13, 2007
ODI Scotland Glasgow Aug 16, 2007
One Day Tour Match England Lions Northampton Aug 18, 2007
1st ODI England Southampton Aug 21, 2007
2nd ODI England Bristol Aug 24, 2007
3rd ODI England Birmingham Aug 27, 2007
4th ODI England Manchester Aug 30, 2007
5th ODI England Leeds Sep 2, 2007
6th ODI England The Oval Sep 5, 2007
7th ODI England Lord’s Sep 8, 2007


The complete fixture can be viewed here and you can put the entire itinerary on to your Outlook calendar using this download from CricInfo.


India gets warm up matches in Australia

Dravid’s wish has been granted. India will play a grand total of 2 warm up matches in the course of its long tour of Australia. The first game is before the 1st Test to begin on Boxing Day (26th of December) and the second one after the end of the 2nd Test in Sydney. One looks back fondly to the days when a team travelled abroad, played warm up games, got to know the conditions and pitches well before embarking on the tour in right earnest. But the greed of the Boards is getting the better of them. So squeeze in as many international matches as possible. Who wants 3 day games when u can get a 7 match ODI series. If that is not enough rope in a quandrangular or pentangular Twenty20 series. After all these games should not the players get time to do their endorsements, ad shoots, celebrity appearances etc?

– Sanjay

Vengsarkar watching Tamil Nadu closely

Dilip Vengsarkar is having a close look at the cricket situation in Tamil Nadu (TN). If you remember TN won the Ntional Twenty20 tournament recently. More interestingly Dilip Vengsarkar is perhaps looking at what Mr Woorkeri Raman is upto. Raman is now the Chairman of the State Selection Committee as well as the Coach of the Tamil Nadu team! Apparently last season, being the coach ‘only’ Raman was unhappy that he did not get the team he wanted. So the situation has been rectified and he has been made the Chairman of the State selection committee as well as Coach of TN. Now he can have the cake and eat it! Since the Indian team still does have a coach, Vengsarkar may fancy his chances after looking at TN more closely!

– Sanjay

A “Duh” from Woorkeri Raman…

Sample this beauty from W. V. Raman, former India opener and current Tamil Nadu Coach.

W. V. Raman was asked about Dinesh Karthik as an opener and these are his pearls of wisdom!

“It’s going to put too much burden on him. There is only as much a man can do, and everyone has his limitations. He is best suited to bat in the middle-order and to keep. I’m not in favour of a makeshift opener. Selectors always talk about specialists and what they have done is pushed a middle-order bat to open.

“According to me Sehwag should have been there in the side. Now that he is not there, the left-right combination of Gautam Gambhir and Jaffer should be looked at. And if they are looking at the flexibility angle, why not ask Sourav Ganguly, who has 10,000 runs as One-day opener.”

So, he is not in favour of a makeshift opener. And that is certainly a valid/sagacious opinion. And yet, before he can draw breath, he expresses regret that Sehwag isn’t there as opener. Duh! What was Sehwag before be opened? Let me think… Middle-order-bat perhaps? Be that as it may. Afterall, every former cricketer should have licence to have one “Duh” moment per quote! But Raman says he can one day do better than what Sarfraz Nawaz has perfected over the years (the Duh-Duh-Duh… routine!). For he goes on to suggest that Sourav Ganguly should open instead of Karthik.

Hmmm! Which open orifice was he talking from again?

— Mohan