Category: Sports

ICC Test World Cup on the anvil

A tournament for declaring the world’s best team in Test cricket may finally become reality. The International cricket Council will decide on a two-yearly tournament-like world Test championship – as opposed to the current rolling format – at a meeting of chief executives of cricket boards at Cape Town next month.

England in the summer of 2013 is among the leading candidates to host the inaugural competition.

India suffers biggest ODI defeat

Sri Lanka stormed into the finals of the tri-series with a magnificent eight wicket victory and in the bargain humbled India who suffered their biggest ODI defeat in terms of balls remaining.
In what was a totally one-sided game, the Indian team was bundled out for only 103 in 33.4 overs with Thisara Perera proving to be the devastator for Sri Lanka as he took five wickets and gave away only 28 runs.

BCCI defers decision on IPL-4

The Governing Council of the Indian Premier League has deferred its decision on the number of games in the league from next year.

At its meeting here on Friday, the members decided to take up the matter in September despite having unanimity on the need to reduce the number of matches drastically from the original number of 94. “We have decided to not have any discussion on the matter. It will be decided in September,” said IPL vice-chairman Niranjan Shah. In the run-up to the meeting, there were indications that the BCCI will settle for 73 or 74 matches.

Pakistan in control of Oval test match

Pakistan are in control of the third Test match against England at The Oval after close of play on the third day.
When play was called off early because of bad light, the home sides were struggling on 221 for nine wickets, a lead of just 146 runs with one wicket remaining.

Stuart Broad is six not out and Steven Finn nought not out as England will look to add some more runs to their total on Saturday.

IPL no of matches to be reviewed

The format of the Indian Premier League 2011 tournament will be decided at the IPC Government Council meeting to be held later in the day today with the focus being on reducing the load on players.

Although closing of accounts will be the main item on the agenda, the number of games to be played is also expected to be discussed.

In race for ICC awards

Seven persons are in the race for each of the categories for the ICC awards as the nominees list was released today. India’s Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag and M S Dhoni are nominated in all three major individual categories – Cricketer of the Year, Test Player of the Year and ODI Player of the Year.

NO BALL CONTROVERSY – Randiv suspended for 1 match

Sri Lankan Cricket Board acted swiftly to penalise players involved in the controversial ‘no ball’ in the India-Sri Lanka match that denied Indian opener Virender Sehwag a century.

Spinner Suraj Randiv who delivered the controversial ball that gave India a much needed victory, but denied the batsman a century, has been suspended from one match and his earnings from the India-Sri Lanka match has been forfeited. Randiv will not be playing the next Sri Lanka – New Zealand match today.

No Century, but Victory

Verender Sehwag led India to a six wicket win against Sri Lanka at the on going tri-series but was denied a century though he had crossed that mark only because it was a no ball.

India needed just five runs to win and Sehwag who was at the crease, just one ball to score a century. Suraj Randiv bowling the 35th over gave four byes and then two dot balls. His next was a big no-ball which Sehwag smashed outside the boundary but since it was a no-ball his score remained at 99.

Munaf to replace an overworked Ishant

Less than a week after returning from Sri Lanka, Munaf Patel is back to join his teammates for the tri-series. According to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), Munaf will join as an “additional member” of squad for the tri-series. Munaf’s addition to the 15-member squad that boasts of four medium-pacers indicates that not all is well with Ishant Sharma and Abhimanyu Mithun, both of whom were overworked during the three-Test series against the hosts.