In a rare and rather surprising development, the BCCI have just announced that it is in the process of putting together a long term plan for India-A tours. If this report is to be believed, it is a significant achievement by the BCCI for coming out with a statement that not only makes sense but also means so much for Indian cricket if executed well.
It is something we fans have been hankering for a long time and commonsense has finally prevailed.
To put things into perspective, while countries like Sri Lanka have been having regular A tours as well as playing visiting international sides, India have not had a proper A tour since the top-end series down under a year ago. No wonder the cupboard seems bare Mr Vengsarkar!
I came across this interesting video interview by Bhajji on what he is doing to make a come back and recapture his glory days!!
According to some reports Virender Sehwag is likely to lead India in the first ODI against Bangladesh on May 10 in case regular captain Rahul Dravid sits out of the match with a nose injury. However, Dravid was quick to dismiss such speculation and added that he was looking forward to a thumping win agaist Bangladesh.
Ravi Shastri has urged fans to be patient with Tendulkar, Ganguly and Sehwag while addressing the press in Kolkata. Earlier, the Indians were practising on a grassy pitch ahead of the first One-dayer.
While Tendulkar and Dravid were injured, Sehwag and Ganguly appeared to be all at sea against the pacers on the lively strip. Batting on such a wicket does’nt make much sense since the Indians are most likely to play on a slow, low turner against a team packed with left arm spinners, a view shared by Cricinfo’s Sidharth Monga who also reckons that it will be the most evenly contested series between Bangladesh and a Test-playing nation other than Zimbabwe.
Kapil Dev had a veiled dig at some of the players by asking the Indian team to be collective in standing up to Bangladesh’s challenge rather than relying on the heroics of any one player in the upcoming away series
India’s schedule over the next 17 months is jam packed and are likely to play 20 Tests and around 62 ODIs over the next 17 months.
John Buchanan has ruled out coaching India thereby giving a boost to Dav Whatmore’s chances if a foreign coach is indeed considered.
Sachin Tendulkar who had a injury scare earlier this week is back in training and the news is that he has started using his heavy bat again which he had stopped after the tennis elbow episode. While in Kolkata, unseasonal rains interrupt training schedules today, the team had a full session yesterday and the player who impressed the most was yougster Manoj Tiwary.
The BCCI have relaxed from their earlier stand and announced that the team members can sign the player contracts even after returning from the Bangladesh tour. Apparently, as per the clauses of the new contracts, players will get only 5 lakhs (USD 12,300) as flat retainer fees irrespective of their seniority, a far cry from the Rs 20-50 lakh (USD 49,000 – USD 123,000) they were earning till September, 2006. An unofficial complaint about incentive clauses in players’ endorsement contracts was what forced the BCCI to take tougher measures, according to Sharad Pawar. Meanwhile, there have been reports that the BCCI have not paid the team for the last seven months.
Hindustan Times’ Atul Sodhi explains why the Indian team needs Ravi Shastri as a coach?
Former Indian off-spinner Erapalli Prasanna feels that young leg-spinner Piyush Chawla should have been selected in both Test and ODI teams for Bangladesh.
Ricky Ponting believes his team will continue to dominate world cricket for years to come unless their opponents improve.
The five-day conditioning camp of the Indian team for the tour of Bangladesh has seemingly started on the wrong footing. Sachin Tendulkar bruised his ankle while batting at the nets today during the Indian team’s preparatory camp in Kolkata ahead of the Bangladesh tour. Although unlikely, we would’nt be surprised if Sachin Tendulkar is ‘rested’ again for the first test and a youngster takes his place.
Speaking of youngsters, Parvin Amre thinks that the talented duo of Manoj Tewary and Rohit Sharma have a very good future in Indian cricket.
Former India captain Kapil Dev wants Tendulkar and Ganguly amoung others to interact with the National Cricket Academy trainees.
The BCCI has no immediate plans to table a no-confidence motion against the International Cricket Council, contrary to reports appearing in the media. When will the BCCI appoint a full time media manager since most of us are tired of Niranan Shah’s shoot-from-the-hips comments?
After the World Cup disaster, the Pakistan team has found itself in a religious muddle. Check out this video report. and this interview with Pervez Mir, the manager of Pakistan’s World Cup cricket team.
After match referee Jeff Crowe took the blame for the farcical finish to the World Cup final, Malcolm Speed, the ICC chief executive, was saying sorry for the bizarre ending. But the BCCI was having none of it and indicated that Speed might face an unprecedented no-confidence motion at the next meeting of the executive board in June.
Ramnaresh Sarwan has been named as captain of West Indies following the retirement of Brian Lara.
In spite of the ‘clarification’ by the BCCI chairman of selectors that Sourav Ganguly and Sachin Tendulkar have indeed been rested, Kapil Dev strongly believes that they have been dropped for the Bangladesh tour
According to Viv Richards, Team Australia is the best thing to have happened to cricket
Shoaib takes a dig at retired captain Inzamam saying that the dressing room needs a captain who is supportive to the players
Bangladesh announce ODI squad against India. Meanwhile the, Indians will start a 5-day preparatory camp at Kolkata on 2 May 2007
In a further twist to the Bob Woolmer murder investigation, the BBC has revealed that he was poisoned before being strangled, rendering him powerless to fight back against his killer