Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Gavaskar backs Dhoni comment

India’s former veteran opener Sunil Gavaskar on Thursday backs Mahendra Singh Dhoni for his "unrest" comment that got the media talking about within which the Indian cricket team in Australia, saying that the Indian captain might have chosen a wrong word to describe the situation in the ongoing test series. Dhoni comment in the post-match presentation at the Gabba which gave hint and speculation of difference between middle order batsman Virat Kohli and opener Shikhar Dhawan but the visiting captain has cleared the rumour in pre match conference before the start of 3rd test in Melbourne.

Australia called Ashton Agar to join the squad for 4th test against India

Australia has included spinning all rounder Ashton Agar in the squad for the fourth and final test against India in Sydney. Left-arm spinner, Ashton Agar who lastly featured in the 2013 Ashes in England was performing well with an average of 45.14 in the recently concluded Sheffield Shield this season. He has played only two Tests so far and grabbed every one attention with hitting 98 runs at No. 11 in his debut Test. He is currently playing in the Big Bash for Perth Scorchers. The pitch at the Sydney Cricket Ground suits spinner and was the most spinner friendly pitch in Australia. Australia has won the series with 2-0 lead in the series and the final test will start on January 6.

Australian squad for 4th test: David Warner, Steve Smith (captain), Shaun Marsh, Burns, Brad Haddin(wicket keeper), Mitchell Johnson, Chris Rogers, Shane Watson, Josh Hazlewood, Mitchel Starc, Peter Siddle, Ryan Harris, Nathan Lyon, Ashton Agar.

Afghanistan announced their final 15 member squad for cricket world cup 2015

The Afghanistan Cricket Board selection panel has announced their final squad with coach Andy Moles for upcoming cricket world cup 2015 in Australia and New Zealand which starts on February 14. Mohammad Nabi who played well in T20 world cup has been named as the captain of Afghanistan’s 15-man squad for the ICC cricket world cup 2015This will be the first time Afghanistan will be featuring ODI World Cup and they were part in World Twenty20 tournaments. Coach Andy Moles backed the selection panel and said the squad includes both talented and experienced players. "We have taken each player’s abilities and after assessing all prospects we announced final the 15-man squad with four standby players." He added. Afghanistan was placed in the group along with Australia, England, Sri Lanka, New Zealand and Bangladesh.

Final Squad for world cup : Mohammad Nabi (captain), Nawroz Mangal, Asghar Stanikzai, Samiullah Shenwari, Afsar Zazai (wicket keeper), Najibullah Zadran, Nasir Jamal, Mirwais Ashraf, Gulbadin Naib, Hamid Hassan, Shapoor Zadran, Dawlat Zadran, Aftab Alam, Javed Ahmadi, Usman Ghani

Four Standby players: Shafiqullah (wicket keeper),Sharafudin Ashraf, Izatulah Dawlatzai, Hashmatullah Shaidiad.

Captain cool Dhoni completed 10 years in his international cricket career

Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni completed 10 years in his international cricket career. He made his international ODI debut on December 23, 2004 against Bangladesh at the age of 23. The 33 year old wicket keeper batsman is known as the best finishers in slog over in ODI and T20 cricket. Dhoni holds the record of winning all ICC mega tournament trophies (T20 World Cup in 2007, World Cup in 2011 and Champions Trophy in 2013) as the only skipper in the history of the cricket. Last year, he completed a historic record by winning the Champions Trophy in England. During his tenure India occupied No. 1 in ICC Rankings in Tests and ODIs. Dhoni has played 90 Tests, 250 ODIs and 50 T20Is in his career till now. As the cricket world cup 2015 is not too far Dhoni may concentrate on this tournament.

Hafeez flies to India to clear his bowling action

Pakistan’s all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez went to India on Monday to clear his bowling action in time for next year’s Cricket World Cup 2015. He was reported for his suspect bowling action during the first Test against New Zealand in Abu Dhabi and he was suspended after a bio-mechanical test found it was illegal because he is bowling above permitted level by 15 degrees and which has been established. Hafeez’s suspension was a second one for Pakistan after their main spinner Saeed Ajmal was also banned over his illegal action in September. Ajmal decide to withdrawal from the cricket world cup 2015 as he may not clear his bowling action before the January 7 which is last date to announce a final 15-man squad for the mega event in Australia and New Zealand which starts on February 14.

New Zealand have registered a big win over Sri Lanka

New Zealand has registered a big over Sri Lanka in the first Test at the Hagley Oval ground in Christchurch on Monday. Chasing a low target of 105 runs the New Zealand has scored 107 for two with Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor at the crease and batting. Taylor smashed six boundaries to reach 39 not out and Williamson scored a slow 75-ball 31 not out as the Kiwis registered their fifth Test win in 2014 in a great manner before the cricket world cup 2015. Earlier Tim Southee had New Zealand closed in an early end to the first Test against Sri Lanka Monday with the Sri Lanka all out for 407 in their second innings at lunch on the fourth day. New Zealand need 105 to win after New Zealand bowlers bowled with class to bowl out Sri Lanka

Rain stopped play after lunch between India and Australia

Rain stopped the start of play at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) after lunch on Day Four of the third Test between India and Australia. Australia has started well with lead of 65 overall lead of 155 runs before lunch. At the start of play there were overcast condition and the clouds drizzles during lunch. It was quite windy as the rain came down and the covers have now covered over the pitch. Australia bowled out India for 465 earlier in the day and openers David Warner, Chris Rogers powered them to a good opening. He was dismissed for 40 before the lunch by Ashwin. They are now with 90 for one with Shane Watson and Chris Rogers playing.

Dhoni should concentrate on cricket world cup 2015

Indian great Sachin Tendulkar said that Mahendra Singh Dhoni should concentrate for the upcoming cricket world cup 2015 after India's most successful Test captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has decided to retire from his Test career immediately after India's lost series against Australia with 2-0 after the 3rd test in Melbourne. Under the captaincy of Mahendra Singh Dhoni, India achieves the place of world's number 1 Test side in the ICC rankings. Dhoni said at the post press conference that he wants to concentrate on the shorter format of the game and want to avoid strain of playing in all the three formats of cricket. Mahendra Singh Dhoni played 90 test matches, 250 ODI matches and 50 T20 cricket matches in his ten years cricketing career till now.

Zimbabwe appointed former Pakistan coach Whatmore as new head coach

Zimbabwe Cricket board has announced that the former Sri Lanka and Bangladesh coach Dave Whatmore will be in charge during the ICC cricket world cup 2015 which starts on February 14th 2015. The former Australian player has replaces Stephen Mangongo who stepped down on December 18 after the tour of Bangladesh. Whatmore was 60 years old and Zimbabwe Cricket is hoping to sign a longer-term contract after the completion of World Cup.Under this, Zimbabwe players will receive coaching from Whatmore's Dubai based cricket academy. Whatmore lastly coached for Pakistan and also helped Afghanistan, Ireland, Scotland and UAE to prepare for the 50-over tournament as part ICC’s High Performance Programme.

Moin Khan new role as chief selector for Pakistan in cricket world cup 2015

PCB appointed Naved Akram Cheema, as Pakistan new team manager for the upcoming ICC cricket world cup 2015 While, Moin Khan has been appointed as new chief selector for cricket world cup 2015. Shaharyar Khan, PCB chairman said that Moin Khan who is also chief selector would hold on to his dual roles at least till the the end of cricket world cup 2015. Shaharyar Khan also said that the board has been considering Akram Cheema for the Team Manager role and had been waiting for the clearance from Punjab government who is presently serving as Chief Secretary of the province. Cheema is likely to retire as Punjab Chief Secretary by the year end, thereby having the opportunity to serve as manager to the Pakistan national side.

BCCI asked Ojha to correct his bowling action

Another bowler has been banned from playing cricket due to illegal bowling action. Left arm spinner Pragyan Ojha has been banned from bowling in domestic cricket after finding his bowling action to be illegal. Ojha was reported for his suspect bowling by referee in a match against Andhra, his action was analysed by the ICC authorities in Chennai and found that his elbow was crossing more than the permissible 15 degree. Ojha was tested after requests by Hyderabad Cricket Association. Ojha has feautured in 24 Tests and 18 ODIs for India and his last international appearance was in November, 2013. It is also reported that Ojha's action was under consideration for more than a year. BCCI had appointed a three-member committee comprising of Srinath, S Venkatraghavan and umpire, AV Jayaprakash to pick out players having an illegal action in domestic cricket. Ojha was not in probable list for cricket world cup 2015.

Discarded Ajmal decided to withdraw himself out of cricket world cup 2015

Discarded most taking bowler for Pakistan in present time spinner, Saeed Ajmal has decided to withdrawn himself out of ICC cricket world cup 2015 after failing to rectify his action so many time so that he is eligible for selection. Ajmal was Pakistan's most pious spinner and the highest wicket taker for Pakistan in all formats for the last three years was suspended from bowling in international cricket due to suspect bowling action. "Ajmal withdrew himself from selection of squad for cricket world cup 2015," Pakistan Cricket Board chairman, Shaharyar Khan told to media. "We did not want to take any risk with Ajmal's in this mega event because latest reports suggesting that his elbow extension was not still under 15 degree allowed by the ICC, despite all the hard work done on his action. We already decided that if he took the official ICC test so as to make the in to final World Cup squad and if failed in it then he could be suspended from playing for one to two Shaharyar said.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Ajmal was not doing well at rectifying his bowling action

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Shahryar Khan has said that the banned orthodox off-spinner Saeed Ajmal has not yet rectified his bowling action and making it hard to change his action under the 15-degree restriction of ICC regulations. The PCB chairman said it was responsibility of Ajmal to inform to the board about his bowling and when he was going to be reassessed. Khan also revealed that the off-spinner has been working very hard to rectify his bowling. He also said that PCB will try to get his action to be before 7th January, which is the last day to announce the 15-man squad for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015. Ajmal was banned for a suspect action after a test match against Sri-Lanka at Galle earlier this year. International Cricket Council has banned Ajmal from bowling on 9th. Ajmal has been named in Pakistan 30 member probable list for cricket world cup 2015.

Bat on Everest is a perfect tribute to Late Hughes by Nepal cricket association

As a tribute to late Australian batsman Phillip Hughes, the Cricket Association of Nepal is planning to place a bat of the late Australian cricketer on Mount Everest top. Regarding this cricket association of Nepal has written a letter to Cricket Australia (CA). In the letter to chairman of cricket Australia Wally Edwards CAN briefly said about how it wants to honour the cricketer with a 63 over tribute match. “The cricket association of Nepal have asked cricket Australia if it is possible to have one of Hughes bat and a piece of his clothing and a CA flag to take to the world highest point during the next climbing season in March-April,” said Edwards to media. “Cricket Australia had registered trademark in conjunction with Phillip’s management purely as a defensive registration to prevent others trying to exploit Phillip,” a CA member said. “There was some evidence of that starting to occur which is why we have taken this action.” Phillip Hughes died by hit of the ball bowled by Sean Abbott.

Uncapped Kenroy Peters will replace the injured quicky Kemar Roach

West Indies Cricket Board Selectors have replaced the injured medium fast bowler Kemar Roach with uncapped Kenroy Peters in the West Indies squad for the remaining Test series against South Africa. Roach picked two wickets in the first innings of the South African Test at Centurion before leaving with sore ankle. He did not come out to bat in either innings as West Indies lost with an innings. Roach will now on his return trip to West Indies to undergo rehabilitation work. Peters has played in 62 first-class games collapsing 190 wickets at an average of 20.21. West Indies will play against South Africa in the second Test at Port Elizabeth which starts on December 26.

ICC unveiled volunteer uniform of cricket world cup 2015 at boxing day test match venues

International cricket council has unveiled the colourful volunteer uniform at the venues of boxing day test matches between India and Australia at MCG, New Zealand and Sri Lanka at Christchurch oval ground in New Zealand. International Cricket Hall of Fame key members Sir Richard Hadlee and Debbie Hockley had modelled the orange, green, bright blue, yellow, and white uniforms in the presence of 300 plus volunteers at Christchurch. Head of Cricket World Cup 2015 for New Zealand Therese Walsh said volunteers would play key factor for tournament and it is important for their unique identification and having uniforms that were fun to wear. The mega tournament of cricket world cup is going to be held in Australia and New Zealand which starts on February 14.

Brendon McCullum becomes 1st Kiwi player to score 1,000 runs in a calendar year

In the Test match played against Sri Lanka in Christchurch New Zealand captain and wicketkeeper Brendon McCullum became the first cricketer for New Zealand to score more than 1,000 runs in a calendar year. McCullum was well known for his blistering batting also registered a hundred against Sri Lanka and it came in quick time of just 74 balls. McCullum has had a good year as he scored up a triple hundred against India in Wellington and he was the first cricketer from New Zealand to score a triple hundred. Earlier former player Martin Crowe had scored 299 against Sri Lanka at Basin Reserve, Wellington in 1990.

Darren Sammy replaces Kemar Roach in West Indies ODI squad

Discarded former West Indies captain, Darren Sammy has been recalled in West Indies 15-man ODI squad for the upcoming ODI series against South Africa as a replacement for the injured Kemar Roach. The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) on last Saturday discarded Darren Sammy, along with Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pollard for the squad but, Roach’s ankle injury in the first Test against South Africa in Centurion gave Darren Sammy a place in the ODI squad for South Africa series. "It seems to me to be a mild form of ruthlessness on these three players. It does not make sense to include them in the 30-man squad probable list for the cricket World Cup 2015 they are very senior players and then relegate them to only T20 participation” said West Indies selector. Currently Sammy is playing in Big Bash League for Hobart Hurricanes

ODI Squad: Jason Holder(captain), Benn, Carlos Brathwaite, Jonathan Carter, Sheldon Cottrell, Leon Johnson, Dinesh Ramdin(keeper), Andre Russell, Marlon Samuels, Lendi Simmons, Narsingha Deonarine, Chris Gayle and Darren Sammy , Dwayne Smith, Jerome Taylor.

Imran Tahir replaced injured Peterson for 2nd test against West Indies

Imran Tahir has replaced injured Robin Peterson for the Boxing Day test match against the West Indies which will start from December 26th. Robin Peterson is struggling with a cut at his left finger during a fielding practice which required three stitches for him and will not be in action for at least two weeks. Peterson did not played in the first test at Centurion but Peterson was getting ready to play the second Test as the pitch in Port Elizabeth is expected to offer something to spinners. South Africa is struggling with players injuries as knee problem has kept JP Duminy's out of test series at least until the start of the limited-overs games and Quinton de Kock's ankle injury has ruled him out of action for six weeks. Tahir will be eager to make use of the opportunity before picking squad for ICC cricket world cup 2015. The leg-spinner hasn't enjoyed success in test match cricket.

MS Dhoni announced his retirement from test cricket after Melbourne test

Dhoni Test Cricket Retirement Photo
BCCI has announced the shocking news of Dhoni’s retirement from tests. MS Dhoni has announced his retirement from test cricket immediately after the completion of 3rd test against Australia. "Mahendra Singh Dhoni has decided to retire from test cricket citing the strain of playing in all formats of cricket." BCCI said in press note. BCCI also said that Dhoni wants to concentrate on ODIs and T20Is. With his retirement Virat Kohli was announced as a captain for 4th and final test against Australia, which starts on Saturday in Sydney. Virat Kohli had led the team in the first test at Adelaide in absence of Dhoni due to injury. Dhoni made his test debut in December 2005 against Sri Lanka. He is India's most successful wicket-keeper batsman who played 90 tests and scored 4876 runs for India. He also bagged 294 dismissals as a wicket keeper, which is the most by an Indian keeper and 5th best in the history of world test cricket. He led the team in 60 tests holds the record of most successful test captain with 27 wins with losing 18 tests and 15 draws. India also moved to the No. 1 position in the ICC Test rankings during Dhoni's tenure as captain. Dhoni has good record in India but failed in overseas test tours by winning only 6 matches of 30 matches and the ongoing test series against Australia has increased pressure on Dhoni as a captain in tests particularly in overseas after Virat Kohli impressed as skipper in the 1st test at Adelaide. Dhoni had already hinted that he will step away from one of the formats after the cricket world cup 2015. India draws the test match with 174/6 in a chase of 384 runs target and lost the series to Australia.

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Pakistan has included Ajmal to their final squad of cricket world cup 2015

According to some media reports, Pakistan banned off-spinner Saeed Ajmal has been included in the final 15-man squad for the cricket world cup 2015. Ajmal was currently under ban of the International Cricket Council (ICC) for his suspect bowling action But the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) was hoping to get his action cleared before the start of the mega tournament. Ajmal will be allowed to play in the cricket world cup 2015 which is set to starts on February 14 of 2015 only if he get his action cleared. The Pakistan team management would be allowed to get in a replacement beyond the deadline if he was unable to clear the bowling action tests. Ajmal did not feature international cricket since the end of August and he played for Pakistan ‘A’ in a match against Kenya in Lahore and bowled he with an action with a lot of corrections.

India does not believe at winning a test match in overseas says Hayden

Former Australian veteran opener, Matthew Hayden said that India does not have belief they can win away from home and have gone wrong during some key moments of the ongoing Test series against Australia."India's biggest weakness is that they do not believe that they can win away from home if it is starting the day badly or not finishing an innings like they should and they seem to go missing at key moments," Hayden said."The noise around the team is not so great. Putting the food issue aside ( I think is embarrassing for Australia because grounds man and staff will be making an extra effort to provide the food, the visitors require and I feel like India are searching for an excuse," he added. Hayden also commented about controversy of Shikhar Dhawan's refusal to come out to bat on the fourth day in Brisbane after being injured in the practice was a reflection of India's timid approach."Shikhar Dhawan not coming out to bat made India confusion in the Indian camp and his team mates, revealing the fragility of this Indian team," he said,

Yusuf Pathan slapped spectator for his bad behaviour

Yusuf Pathan slapped spectator for his bad behaviour
Indian player Yusuf Pathan allegedly reacted to rude behavior and words by a young spectator and slapped him during a Ranji Trophy match between Baroda and Jammu and Kashmir. Baroda all-rounder was upset by the remarks passed by the young spectator when he was batting at the Reliance Cricket Stadium against Jammu and Kashmir. "This young guy had been shouting and passing indecent comments against Yusuf and other players of Baroda such as Ambati Rayudu, when they were batting. Yusuf was in no mood to forgive at such behaviour and so after he got out he called that youngster in to the dressing room slapped him twice," said Parikh, secretary of Baroda cricket association. Pathan’s younger brother and India player Irfan Pathan learned about the incident and rushed to the dressing room to bring the situation under control. He also said that the match referee will send a report about today's incident to BCCI for further action.

We will play positively in cricket world cup 2015 says Pakistan captain Misbah

Misbah ul Haq says that Pakistan will play in the upcoming ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 with a positive note of mind despite many hurdles like the bowling suspensions of Saeed Ajmal and Mohammad Hafeez with his own hamstring injury. He also pointed that injury problem to key players like Umar Gul, Junaid Khan and some others which not helping Pakistan in the world cup. "The presence of Ajmal and Hafeez presence is important to perform well at the World Cup and I am hoping that their actions will be cleared before the start of event. As far as my fitness is concerned I am feeling better at the moment to allow the hamstring injury to heal properly," Misbah said."I am pretty confident that I will be back on the field at least three to four weeks before the World Cup to get into the game mode. I am hopeful that I will be fully fit to get back on the field much before the World Cup," he added. In the absence of Misbah all-rounder Shahid Afridi led Pakistan against New Zealand in the ODI series, which Pakistan lost 2-3. "They also lost against Australia and New Zealand setbacks ahead of the cricket world cup 2015.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar may feature in 3rd test against Australia

Bhuvneshwar Kumar may feature in 3rd test against Australia - cricket world cup 2015
India’s medium pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar who is injured before start of 1st test against Australia on the way to recover fully and having good chance of him playing in the Boxing Day Test against Australia at Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). The 24-year-old practiced in a training session at MCG and did not appear in any discomfort. Bhuvneshwar had injured with his ankle pain during a warm up game and ruled out of the first two Tests and Dhawal Kulkarni flew in as back-up for Bhuvneshwar but remained with the Indian team as he continued his rehabilitation. On Tuesday Bhuvneshwar practiced batting in the nets along with other bowlers Ishant Sharma and Umesh Yadav. But, he couldn't test out his ankle injury with a ball in hand due to light drizzle on that day. The final call on his fitness will be taken just before the start of third Test.

Clarke is very confident at playing in the cricket world cup 2015

Australian injured captain Michael Clarke is very confident of making a comeback to international cricket after undergone a surgery on his torn leg hamstring. The 33-year-old is worried with a stark warning that the injury sustained during the first Test against India in Adelaide can cut short his big cricketing life.
Michael Clarke cricket world cup 2015

But now, Clarke gave a positive assessment after the operation."The biggest thing now for me is getting back on the field and to cricket world cup 2015. I have been recommended by medical staff that I am in good condition as I can be a week after undergoing the surgery," Clarke assisted that he will ready for world cup that starts in Australia and New Zealand on Feb 14."There is no swelling and no pain when I walk. I can't wait to begin second stage of the rehab process which involves me to run again."He offered strong support to other experienced players like Brad Haddin, Shane Watson and Chris Rogers who were under pressure for weak performances in the four match test series against India. Australia is leading India 2-0 ahead of the third Test in Melbourne which starts on Friday "It is very crucial to have experienced guys like these in a team when you're bringing other youngsters. I hope all three of them are will fly to England for next year's Ashes series”. He added

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

January 2015 and will be begin his campaign against the Hobart Hurricanes in their home town

Another spinner has been banned for his illegal bowling action by ICC. Zimbabwe’s young all rounder Malcolm Waller has been suspended from bowling in international cricket just before seven weeks from the World Cup, said International Cricket Council on Tuesday. The off-spinner was reported in the second Test against Bangladesh in last month and analysis has performed by the ICC accredited team of Human Movement Specialists at the High Performance Centre in Pretoria."This analysis revealed that all his off-spin deliveries exceeded the 15 degrees level of ICC permitted under the regulations," the ICC said Waller will have the opportunity for re-assessment but finds tough for him against time with the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand which starts on Feb 14.The middle-order batsman has been used as part time bowler for Zimbabwe.

Shakib to feature in big bash 2014 for Melbourne Renegades

Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan has been taken by the Big Bash League team Melbourne Renegades. Shakib was earlier played for Adelaide Strikers and has some experience in playing in BBL. This is an encouraging move for Shakib, who had feeling comfort earlier this year when the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) had given permission for him to play in T20 leagues across the world. Shakib Al Hasan inclusion will certainly boost Renegades says Coach Simon Helmot. “Shakib is great pick for our squad in January and we’re looking forward to having him in our team. We were looking for someone who could contribute with ball and bat for us call on the top-ranked T20 all rounder in the world is good one. He will bring plenty of experience and cool nature under pressure.” Shakib will able to join the Renegades in January 2015 and will be begin his campaign against the Hobart Hurricanes in their home town.

Virat Kohli, Shikhar Dhawan fit enough and ready for Melbourne Test

Opener Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli are fit enough for the third Test in Melbourne according to team India spokesperson on Monday. They were facing fitness issues ahead of the Boxing Day Test after getting injured during warm-up ahead of the fourth day's play in Brisbane. Dhawan had a hit on his right wrist while batting in the nets and did not straight away come out to bat on the start of the fourth day. But after taking pain-killing injections he came out to bat after the top order wickets fell and scored score 81. Kohli had a hit on the forearm, and in Dhawan's absence he came out to bat on Day 4 with Pujara only to be bowled by Mitchell Johnson for 1. The third Test will starts on December 26th with the hosts having won both of the first two Test matches in Adelaide and Brisbane.

Shane Watson feels stress after being hit by bouncer during training session

Australian all rounder Shane Watson on Tuesday left the training session after he was hit by a bouncer bowled by medium pacer James Pattinson at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) before third Test against India which starts on 26th of this month. The training session was abruptly finished after the hit of Watson at the MCG as the players looked disturbed after Watson fell to his knees after the severe blow and left the training session. Watson walked out of the nets after the blow and sat on the ground, later Pattinson was left shaken as players and the Australian cricket officials rushed to Watson to check at him. Watson sat outside the nets with his head in his hands, and few minutes later he left for the dressing room with club doctor Peter Brukner. Watson is not injured, but he took time to recover after struggling from the blow. The incident once again remembered the fact that Australian cricketers have not yet recovered completely from the bad incident of Phillip Hughes death in November, which left the whole cricket world in shock.

Binny’s super confidence about his selection for cricket world cup 2015

Karnataka bowling all-rounder Stuart Binny, is confident about finding his name in the final 15-member Indian squad for the upcoming cricket world cup 2015 which is to be held by Australia and New Zealand jointly.The all-rounder was in and out with the national team and featured in just three Tests and six One Day internationals after making his debut in the tour of New Zealand in Feb, 2014. Binny was happy with his bowling in the 2014-15 Ranji season though he conceded that he could do a lot more with the bat. The 30-year all-rounder was impressive with the ball during the ongoing match against Railways taking 2/18 from eight overs."I actually gone on my pace in the last 8-10 months after debut in international cricket, I realized that I need to step up on the pace. I worked a bit in the gym a harder than last year. The results are showing," said Binny.

ICC sets Sachin Tendulkar as brand ambassador for cricket world cup 2015

The ICC named cricket great Sachin Tendulkar as the brand ambassador for the upcoming cricket world cup 2015 in Australia and New Zealand. This is second time that Tendulkar has been named as the ambassador of ICC's major tournament, before this he had the honour during the 2011 world cup as well. In his new role as ICC cricket world cup 2015 ambassador, He will promote and support a variety of ICC events which aimed at enhancing the profile of the tournament. Tendulkar retired from the game in November 2013 against West Indies. He represented India for 200 Tests, 463 ODIs and oneT20. In a 24-year old career, Tendulkar scored 34,357 international runs with 100 centuries and was leading run-scorer in World Cup history with 2278 runs from 45 matches at an average of 56.95. After the appointment Tendulkar said: "I am delighted and honoured to be appointed ICC Cricket World Cup Ambassador for the 2nd consecutive time.

Sri Lanka expecting Malinga to be fit before the start of cricket world cup 2015 says Atapattu

Sri Lanka's core medium pacer Lasith Malinga is recovering well from his ankle injury and expecting to be fit enough to resume bowling during the later stages of the ODI series against New Zealand says head coach, Marvan Atapattu. "Malinga is still recovering from surgery and everything is going well to us according to plan," coach Atapattu said. "He may return for the last two ODI games in New Zealand."Malinga undergone a surgery on his left ankle in last week of September and missed the ODI series against India and England. Malinga fitness will crucial to his team's hopes during the upcoming ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 which is hosted by Australia and New Zealand. Malinga has been named in the provisional 30-man squad despite his injury.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Rossouw replaced injured Quinton de Kock for West Indies tests

South Africa called left-handed middle ordered batsman Rilee Rossouw to join their squad for the remaining two tests against West Indies after Quinton de Kock was ruled out remaining series because of injury which says that AB de Villiers will take the keeping responsibility for the rest of the series with selectors have to decide whether to play seven batsmen or an extra bowler for the second test. The 25-year-old Rossouw, who has been struggling with finger injury for last 10 days, has played nine one-day internationals and three Twenty20 matches for South Africa but, he is yet to represent his country in test match. He would compete with uncapped player Temba Bavuma for a place in the top seven if the Proteas decided to replace De Kock with a batsman, otherwise left-arm spinner Robin Peterson may get in to final eleven. On the other side South Africa has won the first test in by an innings and 220 runs. The second match will starts on Friday in Port Elizabeth

Gambhir and Yuvraj find no place in BCCI’s new players contract

Indian cricket board BCCI has announced its annual contract list of players for the 2014-15. On behalf of his excellent performances for India in recent time medium pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar has got an upgraded contract from Grade B to Grade A. Sachin Tendulkar, who has retired from cricket game after the series against West Indies in November, 2013 is the only one missing from the Grade A list, which has only five names. Gautam Gambhir and Yuvraj Singh who was given Grade B contracts for the 2013-14 are currently not under consideration for the national team since long time lost their contracts. While wicket keeper Dinesh Karthik and left-arm fast bowler Jaydev Unadkat have also been dropped from the list of contracted players. Among the new list of players Ambati Rayudu, Ajinkya Rahane and Mohammad Shami were upgraded from Grade C to Grade B. There were also some new players in the list of contracted players in the Grade C bracket which includes spinners Amit Mishra and Kuldeep Yadav, all-rounders Stuart Binny and Axar Patel, wicket-keeper batsmen Wriddhiman Saha, Robin Uthappa and Sanju Samson and pacers Varun Aaron, Pankaj Singh and Mohit Sharma. BCCI chief selector Sandeep Patel said that players who were not offered a national contract will find themselves in Grade C if they are selected for the national team
Players Contract list:

Grade A: Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, R Ashwin and Bhuvaneshwar Kumar.
Grade B: Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, Ambati Rayudu, Shikhar Dhawan, Pragynan Ojha, Murali Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ravindra Jadeja, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, & Mohammad Shami.
Grade C: Manoj Tiwary, Robin Uthappa, Karn Sharma, Wriddhiman Saha, Stuart Binny, Pankaj Singh, Amit Mishra, Varun AaronR. Vinay Kumar, Mohit Sharma, Dhawal Kulkarni, Parveez Rasool, Axar Patel, Sanju Samson, Kuldeep Yadav and K L Rahul.

Axar Patel will feature for India against Australia in place of injured Jadeja

BCCI has announced that Gujarat's all rounder Axar Patel will replace injured Ravindra Jadeja in the Indian squad for the remainder of the Test series against Australia. The injured left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja has been struggling from shoulder injury while training in the nets and he was not part of either the Adelaide or the Brisbane Tests. He will now return to India to undergo treatment. Axar Patel was the second injury replacement for this tour. Earlier Bhuvneshwar Kumar who suffered from ankle injury was replaced by Dhawal Kulkarni. "Axar Patel will join the Indian team against Australia for the remaining of the Test Series as a replacement for Ravindra Jadeja who is suffereing from a shoulder injury and will return to India to undergo a rehabilitation program," said BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel

Afridi decided to retire from ODI format post ICC Cricket World Cup 2015

Former Pakistan Afridi and all rounder Shahid Afridi has announced that he will retire from ODI format after the upcoming ICC cricket world cup 2015. Known for his ability to play blistering shots and wicket taker with his handy leg-spin, he has been a regular part of the set-up for many years. He has taken 391 wickets at an average of 33.89 and scored 7,870 runs at a strike rate of 116.29 for Pakistan. His fitness has been a matter of concern for Pakistan in recent times. Afridi, along with Umar Akmal, Raza Hasan and Abdur Rehman were found lack in match fitness and fined 25% of their monthly salary. Afridi debuted for Pakistan in 1996 against Kenya in Nairobi. He rewrote the record of quickest hundred in the shorter format of the game In his second game against Sri Lanka. He led Pakistan side in the 2011 World Cup when they lost to India in the semi-final in Mohali.

Young Indian team will Tests in overseas very soon says Dhoni

Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said that his team had pace, ability and aggression to win Tests away from home and just a matter of time before results go in their way. India lost by four wickets to Australia in Saturday's second Test in Brisbane after doing well in 1st test although they lost by 48 runs chasing 364 in the opening Adelaide Test.The loss at Brisbane was India's fifth straight away defeat and their 15th in the last 18 months with only one win against England. India thumped down by 3-1 in England this year and trail Australia 2-0 in a four-match Border-Gavaskar series. "There are plenty of areas we're showing improvement, but we are still not crossing the line," Dhoni said. Dhoni getting ready for his 90th Test match as a player and 60th match as captain with the third Test in Melbourne on Boxing Day said it is important for India to compete against the Australia which is the toughest tour for overseas teams. It is very exciting to see the youngsters putting efforts. It's just a matter of time. It will turn out to be a very consistent side," added the skipper. India has never beaten Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in 33 years and have lost their last five Tests there by huge margin.

Quinton de Kock ruled to sit out of West Indies series with injury

South African opener and wicket keeper Quinton de Kock has been ruled out of the remaining test series against the West Indies due to an ankle injury. He will also miss the ODI and T20I series against the West Indies. He injured his ankle during a warm-up session before the start of third day's play at the Super Sport Park in Centurion. Later scans revealed a lateral ligament tear in his ankle.It will take roughly 6-12 weeks for de Kock to recover from the injury which means that there are question mark that whether de Kock will play in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015. In his absence of De Kock, skipper AB de Villiers will took over keeping responsibilities during the first Test.

Brendon McCullum back into New Zealand side for Sri Lanka Tests

New Zealand announced their squad for the upcoming 2-Test series against Sri Lanka which starts on December 26. Veteran left arm spinner Daniel Vettori was not picked in the announcement despite his appearance in the third Test against Pakistan. Vettori said that he was unlikely to play the longest format again but did not officially announce it as he felt it was not right call time on his Test career after the tragic death Hughes. Brendon McCullum is set to return in to the national side with tests against Sri Lanka. The newly announced squad also includes orthodox off-spinner Mark Craig, ahead of Ish Sodhi as the sole specialist spinner.

New Zealand squad: Brendon McCullum(cap), Trent Boult, Doug Bracewell, Dean Brownlie, Mark Craig, Tom Latham, Hamish Rutherford(keeper), Tim Southee, James Neesham, Ross Taylor, Neil Wagner, BJ Watling, Kane Williamson

Joe Burns picked as replacement for injured Mitchell Marsh in Australia squad for 3rd test

Queensland Middle order batsman Joe Burns has been picked into the Australian side to replace the injured Mitchell Marsh for the Boxing Day Test between Australia and India at Melbourne. Marsh suffered with right hamstring in first innings of the second Test and did not able to bowl. "It took a fair to sink in. I am over the moon at the news that I picked in to the national side and it is the best Christmas present I could ever receive," said Burns on his selection. Australia coach Darren Lehmann said that he had a very good Sheffield Shield season for Queensland scoring 439 runs at a healthy average of 54.87. "He plays pretty well at fast bowling. He's proved that. He has been playing at the Gabba for the last couple of years. His performances this year was very good," he said.

Australia squad for 3rd test: David Warner, Chris Rogers, Shane Watson, Steve Smith (captain), Shaun Marsh, Joe Burns, Brad Haddin(keeper), Mitchell Johnson, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood, Ryan Harris, Peter Siddle.

Holder, new captain of West Indies ODI side after Bravo

Jason Holder replaced Bravo as captain of West Indies in ODI’S .Holder has been named as captain to lead the squad in the five ODIs in South Africa. The young pacer and all-rounder has played 21 ODIs since his debut for West Indies. "We expect him as a captain for a very long time," said Clive Lloyd, chairman of selectors. "He has very good cricketing brain and has the makings of a very good leader."Selectors decided that now it is the time to make the change and Jason will have people around him to help and guide him as a captain. Some might say it's close to the time of next year's Cricket World Cup 2015 which is to be held in Australia and New Zealand, but we know that we have a good one-day team to do very well. "Dwayne Bravo, Darren Bravo, Pollard and Darren Sammy, the world up winning captain in T20, has been left out of the team for the series against South Africa and they were playing Big Bash league.

We can surprise and can do something special says Morgan

New England captain Eoin Morgan said that leading England at ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 will be a 'great honour' that ended with him being made captain of England. "It has been a long and very interesting day. I had 20 missed calls in my mobile from James Whitaker - I thought I better give him a ring. I called him back and he said we decided to offer you captaincy'," Morgan said. The Experienced batsman was offered captaincy after the ECB selection committee decided to axe skipper Alastair Cook after England's disastrous ODI series against Sri Lanka which they lost with 5-2, their fourth ODI series loss of the year. "I was delighted to be asked. Being offered captaincy is very awesome. It was nice to wake up to a call to say you are England captain," Morgan said. "It is a great honour to lead an e talented group of guys during a tri-series against Australia and India and then the Cricket World Cup 2015," he added.

England announced their squad for Cricket World Cup 2015

England announced their squad for the upcoming ICC cricket world Cup 2015. The experienced left-hand batsman Eoin Morgan will lead the team. Ian Bell and Gary Ballance have been named in the squad. However, Ben Stokes, Harry Gurney have overlooked. England will depend more on their experienced pace duo of James Anderson and Stuart Broad on quick and bouncy tracks of Australia. In the batting department,all rounder Moeen Ali, James Taylor and Joe Root will be expected to take top positions. Earlier, Alastair Cook was dropped from the England squad. The squad will take perform in a tri-series in Australia ahead of the cricket world cup 2015. In the World Cup, England will take on their rivals, Australia in their first game on February 14 at Melbourne Cricket Ground. "I would like to congratulate the players on their selection and wish Eoin the squad all the very best”, said the National Selector James Whitaker.

Cricket world cup 2015 england swuad: Eoin Morgan (captain), Moeen Ali, James Anderson, Gary Ballance, Ian Bell, Stuart Broad, Jos Buttler (keeper), Steven Finn, Alex Hales, Ravi Bopara, Chris Jordan, Joe Root, James Taylor, James Tredwell and Chris Woakes.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Morgan picked as captain of England over Cook

England Cricket Board announced Eoin Morgan over Alastair Cook as the captain of England's ODI team. Cook captained England in 69 matches, which is more than any other England captain, and having a win percentage of 52. ECB selection committee consisting Peter Moores, James Whitaker, Angus Fraser and Mick Newell made the call to drop Cook as captain in a meeting held on Friday, Cook after a series of poor England performances - the 5-2 defeat in Sri Lanka being the most recent. Cook has scored just one fifty in his last 22 ODI innings. Eoin Morgan captained England once in Sri Lanka. The decision was taken keeping ICC Cricket World Cup 2015. Former England captains Michael Vaughan, Alec Stewart and Nasser Hussain had all called for Cook to step down as captain.

I will agree with the board about my captaincy says Cook

Out of form England captain, Alastair Cook has said that he will 'wait and see' whether the England Cricket Board (ECB) will retain him as captain ahead of the tri-series in Australia, also featuring India. Cook was sadly out of form in ODIs in 2014 has garnered significant media mileage. His scored 523 runs at 27.52 in 20 ODIs and disappointed in the seven-match series in Sri Lanka ruled England to their fourth ODI series loss of the year leaving Cook to take a call at his captaincy to step down. "I am hungry and eager to do well. No one has any divine right to play for England, and my performances this year in the one-day game were not good” Cook said. Cook was optimistic about the situation. "If the selectors still think I am the right man or not, I will wait and see. If the decision went the other way then I can't do too much. If it happens then I can have no complaints," he signed off

Herath’s injury likely to keep him away from playing tests against New Zealand

According to Sri Lankan team manager Michael de Zoysa, Herath suffered Left-arm orthodox spinner Rangana Herath is likely to miss both the Tests in Sri Lanka's tour of New Zealand due to an injury to his hamstring while practicing for the fifth ODI in the recent home series against England.It was certain that Herath would miss the Boxing Day Test at Christchurch de Zoysa said that the bowler could actually end up missing both the Tests. "I think Herath is struggling to make the second Test as well," he quoted The Sri Lankan team left for New Zealand yesterday without Herath. If he recovers in time for the New Year's Test in Wellington, he would make the journey at later date. Sri Lanka will play a warm up game at Queenstown on December 21, 22 before the two-Test series. The series will conclude with seven ODIs leading into the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Successful surgery to Clarke says Warne

Clarke's hamstring surgery was a successful one says former Australia leg-spinner and Clarke's Shane Warne raising hopes that the Australian skipper will feature in the upcoming ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 in Australia and New Zealand jointly. Clarke badly was struggling with his right hamstring on Saturday during the first Test against India in Adelaide. Clarke said after the match that he was not likely to play any further part in the four-match Test series against India and that injury could cut his career. "It was the best result humanly possible they could have had for the operation," Warne said during his commentary of the current Test in Brisbane saying that Clarke is looking forward to make a good comeback.

Duminy may miss test series against West Indies

South African middle order batsman JP Duminy is unlikely to recover to take part in the upcoming home Test series against West Indies says South African coach Russell Domingo. He was suffering from a relapse of a long-running knee injury (patella tendinopathy) before One-Day International (ODI) series against Australia, has encountered setbacks in his rehabilitation in the recent weeks. In the place of Duminy if he is not ready to take part in test matches then cobras batsman Stiaan van Zyl is expected to bat lower down the order which allows Alviro Peterson another three Tests to improve his form. Domingo said the South African team management would discuss before rushing Duminy back to the team especially ahead of ICC Cricket World Cup 2015.

We will play aggressive cricket despite loss says MS Dhoni

Virat Kohli captained the side for the 1st test. MS Dhoni will be back to lead India against Australia in the second Test at the Gabba after the injury. The Indian captain has recovered from a thumb injury said the time off the field has done him a lot of good and he is looking forward to the Brisbane Test. Dhoni also said he was impressed with the captaincy of Kohli in Adelaide and said that India will continue their aggressive approach. "This rest was very important for me. I got the thumb injury while playing in England but I played on because these injuries settle as you keep playing. But this wasn't the case this time and the right hand thumb only got worse with more batting. It was an important call for me because this is an important series and for upcoming cricket world cup 2015. I watched the first test and the way Virat Kohli led India was impressive and was the star player for the side as he scored tons in both innings. India went out with an aggressive approach, although they fell short of the target in the second innings.

SRH has released Finch and Darren Sammy in to auction for IPL 2015

IPL teams have released some big names into the auction pool Sunrisers Hyderabad submitted its final list of released players to the IPL governing council before the deadline on 15th December. Big players like Aaron Finch, Darren Sammy, Irfan Pathan and Amit Mishra were amongst the ones released. Jason Holder and Brendan Taylor were the other international players released by SRH while Indian players Venugopal Rao, Prasanth Parameswaran, Anirudha Srikanth and Manpreet Juneja were left. Mumbai Indians released eight players including local players Zaheer Khan and Pragyan Ojha. Ben Dunk and Krishmar Santokie were the international players released by the Mumbai franchise and domestic players like Jalaj Saxena, CM Gautam, Apoorv Wankhade and Sushant Marathe were also left out. Prices of the players will be added to teams purse for auction.

Out of form Yuvraj Singh was released by RCB

Yuvraj Singh and Dinesh Karthik have been released by their respective franchises ahead of the auction for the upcoming 2015 IPL edition. Yuvraj was picked up by Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) for the whopping price of Rs 14 crores while Delhi Daredevils have spent 12.5 crores to get Karthik in to the side. Muttiah Muralitharan, Albie Morkel, Ravi Rampaul, Sachin Rana, Shadab Jakati and Tanmay Mishra were the list released by the RCB. While 13 players including Kevin Pietersen, Murali Vijay and Ross Taylor, have been released by Delhi Daredevils, Wayne Parnell, Rahul Sharma, Jayadev Unadkat, Laxmi Ratan Shukla, J Neesham, Siddarth Kaul, Rahul Shukla, HS Sharath, Milind Kumar were the other players. The prices of players will be added to purse for the aution. Yuvraj is doing pretty well with bat in the ongoing Ranji Trophy.

Playing against Pakistan in world cup is superstition for India says Sehwag

Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Wasim Akram and Shoaib Akhtar came down for a promotional event, 'Agenda Aaj Tak 2014', and discussed about the upcoming ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 in Australia and New Zealand together. The conversation rounded across favourites for the World Cup before going on a discussion about India-Pakistan World Cup matches.Picking his favourite, Gambhir said, "It is impossible to predict the winner of World Cup but we can predict the top four. In cricket it depends fully on that day. My heart says India will win but I think Australia is the favourite since it is happening in their home. "Sehwag and Wasim Akram said South Africa as the top favourites, despite their form as they believed the conditions Down Under would suit them.Meanwhile, former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar believed that both India and Pakistan had the ingredients to win the title. When asked Pakistan's poor record against India in the World Cup Akhtar said the players always took unnecessary pressure when playing India in a World Cup. Virender Sehwag said that Indian players were superstitious while playing Pakistan and used to say that we will lose.

Steve Smith, new captain of Australia after Michael Clarke

Australia all rounder Steve Smith has been named as Test captain after a hamstring injury of Michael Clarke, who have to take a break. Smith will be Australia's 45th Test captain when he leads the team for the 2nd Test against India at Brisbane. Wicket-keeper batsman Brad Haddin was named as the deputy for Clarke for the series and even took over the captaincy in the 1st test on final day when Clarke was forced off the field. But, the selectors felt that it was the right time to give a chance to younger player to lead the team. The hamstring injury to Clarke was severe and could be career-threatening as he revealed after the Adelaide Test. Brad Haddin done an exceptional job as vice-captain and he will provide strong support to Steve just as he has done for Michael said Australia cricket chairman Marsh.We have felt that it is time to take a longer-term view and give a young player this chance," added Marsh. Smith previously captained Sydney sixers in big bash league.

Dean Elgar is going to play a new role as opener

South African middle order batsman Dean Elgar says he is looking forward to the "new challenge" of opening slot batting for South Africa soil in the upcoming test series against the West Indies. Elgar has only opened the innings in South Africa once against Australia in Port Elizabeth but has been considering as a permanent feature at the top following Graeme Smith's retirement earlier this year. He said that of South Africa being the toughest country to bat in as an opener. "I have played as opener for eight years in first-class cricket in South Africa so maybe in that sense I am a little bit more comfortable to opening the batting," he added

Gul and Bhatti were out of ODI’s against New Zealand

Pakistan medium pacer Umar Gul and all-rounder Bilawal Bhatti have been ruled out of the remaining three ODI’s against New Zealand. Pakistan Selection Committee has drafted in fast bowler Anwar Ali and leg-spinner Yasir Shah as their replacement. Umar Gul returned to international cricket in the second T20I against New Zealand after suffering an injury during the T20 WC in Bangladesh in 2014. He played the first ODI but was left out of the second due to an ankle injury. Bhatti requires stitches after splitting the webbing between his fingers in the 1st ODI.

My injury may make me to never play cricket again says Clarke

Australian captain Michael Clarke has revealed that he will not take part in the rest of the Test series against India. Clarke had been suffering from hamstring injury coming into the Test he injured his hamstring again and left off the field on the final day of the first Test against India in Adelaide. Clarke should undergo scans to assess the injury. He also said during the post-match presentation that the test results did not look too convincing "I had undergone scan and the results are not fantastic and make me to struggle to make any more part in the series."Clarke needs to pass a fitness test on recurring hamstring troubles before playing in the Adelaide Test, He suffered from a back spasm while batting in the first innings and retired on 60. However, he batted and scored a fighting 128 and fielding during both Indian innings. Clarke also hinted that this could be the last time playing for Australia. "There is a chance I may never play again. I've got to be honest with myself," said Clarke at post match presentation.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Words exchanged between Indian and Australian players

Few words exchanged on day four between players in altercation. David Warner said that he may have taken things a bit after verbal altercations gained prominence on the fourth day of the first Australia-India Test in Adelaide. The incident took place after Warner was bowled by Varun Aaron at a no-ball when on 66. It started an exchange in the middle with Shane Watson, Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli getting involved. Later, Steve Smith and Rohit Sharma were involved in another verbal after the Australian batsman laughed off the bowler's appeal for a Leg-Before Wicket. The on-field umpires were quick to diffuse altercations. When things go others way, you get full of adrenaline and Indian players did it. Aaron bowling that no ball and nearly getting me out and he came at me. And I had a go at him, too. But maybe, I shouldn't have done that. It was a bit of a contest and it is like a roller-coaster ride. You just ride it," he added. Warner has scored back-to-back hundreds in the last week and he said that Hughes given me some luck out there today. He remembered back-to-back centuries by Hughes in South Africa," Warner signed off.

We will bat up to our potential says Rahane

Ajinkya Rahane acknowledged that batting 90-plus overs on a fifth day wicket in Adelaide will boost Indian team's mindset. Speaking to the media he felt that they would have to face the situation by staying calm and patient during their second innings. "I think patience will be the key. The challenge will be to keep the momentum if you get a start. It is going to be a test of our mindset on a fifth day pitch. All our batsmen have got skill. If we apply ourselves well tomorrow then I am very sure everyone will do well," said Rahane. Indian batsmen has not dealt with off-spinners adequately in the recent past and conceded 19 wickets to Moeen Ali in England. "We are practicing against spin and looking at ways to attack it. We are working on this aspect individually and as a batting unit. Personally, I think wherever we have played the opposition bowlers in abroad we have played well, before in England or here in Australia," said the batsman. Australia is now in lead of 363 runs.

Sean Abbott came back strong after Hughes incident

New South Wales bowler Sean Abbott showed resilience and a singular aim to succeed by taking 6 for 14 against Queensland in the second innings in a Sheffield Shield game to get out of the darkest phase of his life. Philip Hughes has died after being struck by a fine bouncer from Abbott. Since from that tragic incident there were questions that whether a shell-shocked Abbott could recover from it and again play at the highest level. Abbott came back strongly by taking eight wickets in the match against Queensland in Sydney made a perfect return to competitive cricket. His spell helped New South Wales to win by an innings and 80 runs.

Sam Billings replaced wicket keeper Kieswetter

England Cricket Board has replaced their regular wicket keeper Craig Kieswetter with Kent wicket-keeper batsman Sam Billings in their 30-man probables squad for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015. International Cricket Council (ICC) accepted to ECB's replacement after Kieswetter announced his unavailability for the cricket world cup 2015. The Somerset keeper suffered with eye problem after being hit in the face by a short delivery last year. Billings joined with Jos Butler and Jonny Bairstow as the three keepers in the 30-man squad.

Chandimal was back in to the side despite of his performance

Dinesh Chandimal was named in the squad for the final two One-Day Internationals (ODIs) against England. Selection committee also included Seekkuge Prasanna and Dimuth Karunaratne in the squad apart from Chandimal. Chandimal showed a poor performance in last two ODIs against India by scoring 9 and 5 before being dropped again. Sachitra Senanayake, who cleared his bowling action ban by ICC has been included in the squad while Herath was suffering from a grade-two tear on his thigh will miss the remaining series However, Kusal Perera, Ajantha Mendis has been rested. Currently Sri Lanka lead the series 3-2 with more two games to play.

Kieswetter opted out of cricket world cup 2015 due to eye problem

England wicket-keeper-batsman Craig Kieswetter will not be part of England team in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 as he was not recovered completely from an eye injury while batting for Somerset against Northamptonshire in a County game in July 2013. Kieswetter was so good at short format cricket broke his nose and damaged an eye socket and cheekbone by delivery from Northamptonshire's all-rounder David Willey. "It is really disappointing for me but my eye is not good in vision and this of course is critical in maintaining the level of performance that I expect of myself”, he said. Kieswetter played for Warriors in the Ram Slam T20 tournament.He suffered with his vision during the tournament and after consulting with eye specialists, Kieswetter decided to opt out from ICC cricket world cup 2015

Dhawal Kulkarni, called to Australia as a backup for Bhuvaneswar Kumar

Mumbai pace bowler Dhawal Kulkarni has been picked into the Indian Test side against Australia as back-up for the injured medium pace bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who has been struggling with an ankle injury. Indian selectors thought that Bhuvneshwar plays a vital role in the Indian pace-attack had been ruled out of the first two tests at Adelaide and Brisbane,Indian taem management believes that he may not be fit in time to play the third Test and opted for bringing Dhawal Kulkarni in to the side. Dhawal was part of the Indian ODI side against Sri Lanka 5-0 recently. He was also named in ICC cricket world cup 2015 probable list.

Ajmal will feature in Pakistan ‘A’ team against Kenya

Saeed Ajmal has been named in squad for one-day games for Pakistan 'A' against Kenya. He will travel to Chennai to undergo biomechanic tests this month. “Ajmal will feature in a couple of games against Kenya as it was not an international series. It is a representative series so he will play in the last two matches against Kenya and one or two practice games against them in Lahore," said an official. Ajmal and Mohammad Hafeez will move to the International Cricket Council's (ICC) accredited laboratory in Chennai. "Hafeez will go this week to Chennai directly from Dubai for his informal test and is waiting for his visa and Ajmal will travel from Lahore after playing the Kenya matches," Sheikh said. Ajmal wants to check his bowling action during the last week of December for an official biomechanics test that will decide whether he can be cleared to take part in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015.

Dwayne smith says good bye to first class cricket

West Indies all-rounder Dwayne Smith says goodbye to First-Class cricket and available for selection to play for the West Indies in the shorter versions of the game. Smith announced that he retired from First-Class cricket as he wanted the young and talented cricketers coming through the ranks to be given a chance to showcase their stuff for Barbados. "It is very sad to leave, but I guess it's time to give the youngsters a chance to prove themselves. It was a pleasure to play for Barbados in First-Class cricket but all good things come to an end," Smith said. Smith was a fire brand shorter versions of the game. He made his debut for Barbados in First-Class cricket in 2001 and scored 3,852 runs at an average of 28.74. He also smashed 138 wickets with his medium-pacers.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Ricky Ponting in new role as Head coach of Mumbai Indians in IPL

Former Australian captain, Ricky Ponting was today named as the Head Coach of Mumbai Indians in IPL for the upcoming IPL 2015. He played and led Mumbai Indians in IPL 8. Ponting will replace ex Team India coach John Wright, who has been in charge of the side since January 2013. Wright, who was the team's coach for season 6 and 7 is now handed over the job of evaluating and establishing a youth development organization and will be work with the MI management on talent scouting for the team. On the other hand Anil Kumble has been shifted to the owners group and shall manage the implementation of the Vision for Reliance Sports that currently has interests across multiple sports including football, basketball apart from cricket. Former India player Kumble said: "We were delighted to have Ricky back with the MI and looking forward at his contribution based on his experience and expertise. John Wright will continue with MI and will look for talent scouting and youth development, which is one of the areas that we would like a stronger base in years to come."

ICC allowed Utseya to bowl but not off spin

Zimbabwe player Prosper Utseya, who was under ICC suspension because of his bowling has now given a clean chit to bowl by International Cricket Council (ICC). He will only be allowed to bowl slow-medium deliveries in international cricket but not off spin. "Players who has been suspended from bowling in international cricket is required to identify the various types of delivery he wants to be tested, with a view to bowling those types of delivery in international matches should his suspension to be lifted. Utseya identified his off-spin and a variety of slow medium deliveries as the types of delivery he would be bowling," ICC said.

Duminy was new SACA president

South Africa player JP Duminy was elected as a President of the South African Cricketers' Association (SACA) at SACA's Annual General Meeting (AGM) of players in Johannesburg on Tuesday. The President and members of SACA's Players Executive Committee were elected by a vote of South Africa's professional cricketers including the South African team (men and women), the six franchise teams and the 13 domestic Provincial teams. The three players who have been elected on the Executive Committee are Farhaan Behardien (South Africa and Unlimited Titans), Omphile Ramela (Nashua Cape Cobras) and Staphen. "I am very happy and honoured that my fellow professional cricketers have shown their confidence in me," said JP Duminy. "Our players' association, SACA, plays an important role in South African cricket and I am glad to be asked by the players to be part of its leadership."

Three centuries registered in Australian innings

Total three hundreds were registered in Australian innings in the 1st test against India Australian captain Michael Clarke played with back pain to score an emotional 28th century in his test career as Australia reached big total of 460/6 in the 2nd session on Day 2 of the first Test against India. Earlier, Clarke was retired at 60 on Tuesday and taken some injections before walking out to bat on the rainy second day. Clarke want to score a century in honor of teammate late Phillip Hughes and the Australian captain batted responsibly to become the third host batsman to score a hundred in the Test, after David Warner and Steve Smith.

Yuvraj Smashes a hundred in a must win game for Punjab

Indian star batsman Yuvraj Singh scored a ton as Punjab set Haryana a challenging target of 321 runs before reducing them to 26 for three at stumps on the third day of their Ranji match in Group B cricket match on Tuesday. Punjab needs to take seven more wickets on Wednesday to post another win and Haryana facing a difficult task of saving the game because 295 more runs required for victory. After restricting Punjab for 273 in the first innings, Haryana took a lead of 10 runs. Punjab declared at 330 for six to set a massive total for Haryana. Yuvraj scored 130runs of 160 balls which including 14 fours and five sixes when Punjab is struggling at 95\3. Amitoze Singh along with Yuvraj settled the innings by putting on 145 runs together for the fourth wicket.

Indian Bowlers should restrict Australia below 420 runs says Sunil Gavaskar

Former Indian veteran player Sunil Gavaskar said that India have a chance of winning the Adelaide Test only if Indian bowlers restricts Australia for 420 or less in their first innings. "Indian bowlers must restrict Australia for a score of below 420. The first hour of the second day is crucial for both the teams," Gavaskar said. Australia is going to set a big total on the board with David Warner's 145 ended first day's play at 354\6. Gavaskar praised the way Warner and skipper Michael Clarke batted against the Indian pacers and the way they used their feet against the spinners. They both put together on 118 runs for the third wicket before which Clarke retired hurt on 60 due to back pain. Speaking on India's batting, Gavaskar pointed about not having a genuine all-rounder that hurts India in the past and could be their downfall yet again."Indian team does not have a quality all-rounder and they are struggling. An all-rounder can bowl and also be used as an extra batsman," he expressed his view."Playing Karn Sharma was a great move by Virat. He kept his head up when Warner and Clarke going after him. There is absolutely nothing in this pitch to offer him."

ICC gave clean chit for Sachithra Senanayake and Kane Williamson

ICC has cleared the bowling action Sachitra Senanayake of Sri Lanka and Kane Williamson of New Zealand and they can now resume their bowling in international cricket. Both of them had been reported for suspect action earlier in the year and had undergone corrective measures. The re-corrected action of both bowlers has ensured that their elbow extension is now under the 15 degree limit prescribed by ICC regulations. Umpires are still allowed to report either bowler if they bowl their old action. To help the umpires ICC has provided them with videos and images of the recorrected action of the bowlers.

Sohail,Afridi gave Pakistan a thrilling win

Half-centuries from Haris Sohail and Shahid Afridi revived a floundering chase as Pakistan won a first ODI against New Zealand by three wickets. Ross Taylor scored a brilliant century and kept New Zealand in a strong position but Sohail and Afridi took away by scoring Half centuries. Haris scored an unbeaten 85 with Afridi scored fast half century of 61 from 81 balls and added 115 runs partnership between them. In Pakistan bowling Mohammad Irfan picked 3 wickets and Riaz picked 2 wickets while New Zealand bowlers Neesham and Afridi picked couple of wickets each. Earlier, Pakistan won the toss and elected to field first.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Virat will take charge of captaining India in the 1st test

Indian star batsman Virat Kohli confirmed that he will lead India in the first test against Australia and MS Dhoni will miss the first Test against Australia in Adelaide which starts on December 9th as he has not fully recovered from a thumb injury. Even though Dhoni attended the training session on Sunday and did not show any sign of discomfort but the Indian team management does not want to take any risk at this time."Yes, I will be leading tomorrow and we are expecting that Dhoni will be 100 percent fit in the next few days. It's a big moment for me because I have always dreamed of playing Test cricket and now I'm getting to lead India in a Test match." said Kohli.

Clarke passed fitness test and will lead in 1st test against India, Hughes 13th man

Phil Hughes 13th man Test Cap Number 408 - India vs Australia
Australian captain Michael Clarke has passed fitness test and will lead Australia in opening Test against India in Adelaide from December 9th and late Phillip Hughes symbolically named as 13th man. Clarke was suffering from hamstring injury and feeling discomfort because of death of his close friend Hughes which left the cricket world into mourning. He did not address the pre-match media conference at the Adelaide and fast bowler, Mitchell Johnson, confirmed that the Clarke will lead Australia in what will be an emotional day. Hughes was also named as 13th man who died after being struck by a bouncer during a domestic game in Sydney. A number of tributes are also planned for the Test with the Australian players wearing Hughes Test cap number 408 on their playing shirts and black armbands in honor of Hughes

Injury may keep away Bhuvaneshwar Kumar from first two test matches

Medium pacer Bhuvaneshwar Kumar has been ruled out of first two Tests against Australia due to a left ankle injury. Kumar has not practiced in training session in Adelaide on Sunday. Team management released a media release stating that B Kumar is recovering from his left ankle pain and he could be available for first Test selection". The BCCI also considered the option of withdrawing Bhuvneshwar from the squad for the Test series and decided that it would be better for his recovery if he was monitored by the team's physiotherapists in Australia. A BCCI insider revealed that the team management has been instructed not to rush him back into action since he will be expected to play important role in the upcoming cricket world cup 2015. Bhuvneshwar performed well in England series with 19 wickets as India's highest wicket-taker. Recently, he was announced as emerging player of year by ICC and player of the year in BCCI awards

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Seniors left out from probables list for ICC cricket world cup 2015

Indian selectors have selected probables for upconing cricket world cup 2015 and left senior and experienced players. Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Yuvraj Singh, Harbhajan Singh and Zaheer Khan were not included in the 30-member Indian probables squad for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015. Yuvraj played a big role in India's World Cup success in 2011 and was the Man of the Series. Zaheer too came up with vital contributions with the ball while Sehwag and Gambhir also did well in a couple of games and gambhir came up with an important knock in the final against Sri Lanka. Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina and Ravichandran Ashwin were the only members from the squad that lifted the World Cup in 2011. Selectors gave priority to youngsters who performed well in the domestic cricket. Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav, Murali Vijay and Manoj Tiwary were present in the list of batters while Robin Uthappa, Wriddhiman Saha and Sanju Samson were selected as backup wicket-keepers. Stuart Binny, Axar Patel and Parvez Rasool were all-rounders named in the squad while Kuldeep Yadav, Karn Sharma and Amit Mishra were the spinners in the team along with the regular names. Mohit Sharma, Ashok Dinda and Dhawal Kulkarni were included in the pacers list in the probables list. The last date for announcing the final 15-man squad to the ICC is January 7, 2015.

India Cricket World Cup 2015 probables Squad list
Batsmen: Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Ajinkyane Rahane, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Kedar Jadhav, Manoj Tiwary, Manish Pandey and Murali Vijay.
Wicket keepers: MS Dhoni(C), Wriddhiman Saha, Robin Uthappa and Sanju Samson
Allrounders: Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, Stuart Binny and Parvez Rasool
Spinners: Ravichandran Ashwin, Karn Sharma, Amit Mishra and Kuldeep Yadav.
Pacers: Ishant Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Varun Aaron, Dhawal Kulkarni, Mohit Sharma and Ashok Dinda.

Jayawardane is back in to squad against England

Sri Lankan cricket board has announced squad and Mahela Jayawardene was included in the Sri Lanka squad for the fourth and fifth One-Day International matches against England. The former Sri Lanka captain scored consecutive fifties in the first two games but opted out of 3rd ODI because of personal reasons and Sri Lanka lost the match in Hambantota,. Sri Lanka selectors have now included him in the squad for the next two games while Thilina Kandamby dropped out after making a second-ball duck in Hambantota. Sri Lanka, also left out medium pacer Shaminda Eranga and brought back Suranga Lakmal and uncapped spinner Lakshan Sandakan. Ashan Priyanjan has been retained in the squad.

Jacques Kallis as mentor for KKR in IPL 2015

South African veteran allrounder Jacques Kallis will feature in the Indian Premier League (IPL) in 2015 as a mentor of Kolkata Knight Riders' (KKR) support staff and batting consultant. Kallis was a regular player for KKR since 2011, said he jumped at the offer to extend his association with the Kolkata franchise. "KKR has been my Indian family IPL for the last four years. I have built fantastic relationships with the management and the players and have been very fortunate to assist KKR in winning two IPL championships," Kallis was quoted as saying to media. "Over the past year, I have had a chance to think about my future and when KKR approached me with this long-term offer, I jumped at it. KKR is a great brand and I am really looking forward to assist in my new role as mentor and batting consultant," Kallis said. Kallis played for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the inaugural edition of the cash-rich tournament before moving east to Kolkata in the second major auction in 2011 and played a crucial role in Kolkata's run to the 2012 title. Kallis will continue playing in the Big Bash and the Caribbean Premier League.

ICC confirmed that Hafeez’s bowling action as illegal

The International Cricket Council has confirmed that an independent analysis test at Hafeez bowling action was found to be illegal and this off-spinner has been suspended from bowling in international cricket with immediate effect. The analysis has revealed that all his deliveries exceeded the 15 degrees level of tolerance permitted by ICC under the regulations. Hafeez was reported for his suspect bowling action after the first Test match against New Zealand in Abu Dhabi last month. He can apply for a re-assessment after he has modified his bowling action in accordance with clause 2.4 of the Regulations for the Review of Bowlers Reported with Suspected illegal Bowling Actions. The test was performed on 24 November by the ICC's accredited team of Human Movement Specialists using the National Cricket Performance Centre at Loughborough.

Dhoni may captain India in the 1st Test says Shikhar Dhawan

Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni has attended a training session at the Adelaide Oval and He didn't show any sign of discomfort about his right thumb injury. Dhoni was suffering from a thumb injury and was suggested to take over from the second Test onwards which was originally scheduled to start from December 12. But due to the rescheduling of the start of the series from December 4 to December 9 at Adelaide after the death of Hughes, regular captain could make into the final playing XI. Shikhar Dhawan also hinted that stand-in skipper Virat Kohli will have to wait a little more to lead the side given that Dhoni has arrived in time for the opening Test. "Both are aggressive captains. But there is a certain difference. Kohli is a lot more charged up on the field than Dhoni. It is enjoyable playing under both of them. It might be a longer wait for Kohli to lead India in Test cricket since Dhoni is here now," Dhawan said.

England skipped Trott name in ICC cricket world cup 2015

England announced their 30-man probable squad for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 which is going to be held in Australia and New Zealand jointly. Alastair Cook was named as the captain despite his poor run of scores in recent times.Jonathan Trott, who returned to domestic cricket after struggling with mental health issues did not find a spot despite his stupendous record in ODIs while 15-man squad for the Tri-Series against Australia and India and the World Cup will be announced after England finish the series against Sri Lanka.

Squad 
Alastair Cook(C), Ian Bell, Eoin Morgan, Moen Ali, James Anderson, Bairstow, Gary Balance,Ravi Bopara, T Bresnan, Stuart Broad, Jack Brooks, Jos Buttler, Steve Finn, Harry Gurney, Alex Hales, Chris Jordan, Craig Kieswetter, Stephen Parry, Samit Patel, Liam Plunkett, Rankin, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, James Taylor, James Tredwell, James Vince, Chris Woakes, Luke Wright

Clarke will play 1ST Test in Adelaide says Haddin

Australia's wicket-keeper batsman and present stand in Captain, Brad Haddin has backed skipper Michael Clarke to feature in the first Test against India which begin on 9th December at Adelaide Oval. Clarke joined the team in Adelaide on Friday afternoon and practiced in the nets on Saturday morning. The Australian skipper is struggling with hamstring injury which he re-aggravated during Australia's ODI series against South Africa and is waiting for a fitness test on Saturday. Australian selectors have added Shaun Marsh to the 12-member squad but Haddin remains confident that Clarke will be fit for the first Test. "Clarke had a good hit today, he's going to back up this afternoon and will be involved in our session," Haddin said before training session. If Clarke misses out, Haddin will be named as Australia's captain. But the wicket-keeper said that he no thought of leading the team on Tuesday. "I haven't thought about to be honest. He is doing well we want Michael out there," Haddin added.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Dhoni's new hair style 'Jarhead' for Australia tour

Dhoni new hair style
Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who is joining the Team India squad belatedly as he was unstrained and well-rested after a long break from cricket, amazed his fans with a Jarhead hair style for Australia tour.

When MSD debuted for Bharat in the year 2004, he shows his exploits with the bat that caught the audience attention. With his uphill popularity as an aggressive hard hitter, his long and sharp hair became a wow with the previous Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf also praising his hair style. MSD has formerly again experimented with his hairstyle and uploaded his new face in a social network.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Shakib can play Big Bash league says Bangladesh board

Bangladesh cricket board has announced on Tuesday that they are lifting a suspension for bad behavior which was imposed on Shakib Al Hasan, allowing him to play in overseas leagues including Australia's Big Bash T20 tournament and IPL."We have given Shakib the assurance that his embargo on playing overseas leagues will be lifted in the next meeting of the board," said Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) president Nazmul Hassan. The BCB banned Shakib from playing cricket for the national side for six months in July because of "severe attitude problem". But the board has decided to lift the ban and allow him to play for Bangladesh after the team suffered humiliating Test and one-day series losses in the West Indies. But the board had maintained the restriction on Shakib's appearance in overseas leagues such as the Indian Premier League, the Big Bash and English county cricket until the end of December next year. Shakib was suspended after he reportedly threatened to quit international cricket when he was called back to Dhaka before his planned appearance in the Caribbean Premier League Twenty20 tournament.

Sangakkara has reached 13,000 mark ODI runs

Kumara Sangakkara reached his individual 13,000 runs score in ODI against England in third ODI. Kumar Sangakkara became only the fourth batsman in history to pass the 13,000-run mark in one-day internationals in his 386th match. Sangakkara lies after three retired batsmen in the all-time list led by Sachin Tendulkar of India, who made 18,426 runs in 463 ODI matches. Former Australian captain Ricky Ponting, who scored 13,704 runs in 375 ODI matches and Srilankan veteran opener Sanath Jayasuriya made 13,430 runs in 445 games are the others above him in the list. Sangakkara is also just 12 runs short of completing 12,000 Test runs. He has made 11,988 runs in 128 Tests. He made his International debut in 2000.

India's probable squad for ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 to be picked on Thursday

Indian selectors is going to announce probable list for the upcoming ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 in Australia and New Zealand will be announced on Thursday The meeting of the five-member selection panel headed by Sandeep Patil is scheduled for 1 PM, said Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) secretary, Sanjay Patel Among the proven performers, who are currently not in top form, but were members of the victorious 2011 squad, are Yuvraj Singh, Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Harbhajan Singh and Ashish Nehra. Yuvraj has won the Player of the Tournament award in the 2011 World Cup was out of form. It would be interesting to see if the selectors will include in the preliminary list, before it is short listed to 15 by January 7.The selectors are expected to retain the 14 names that they selected for the last two home ODIs against Sri Lanka along with players like MS Dhoni, Ishant Sharma and other who were rested. Bengal batsman Manoj Tiwary, who smashed a brilliant 151 for East Zone against North Zone in the Deodhar Trophy semi-final and Mumbai's Ranji Trophy skipper Suryakumar Yadav may be selected.

Zimbabwe is searching for new team managing director

Zimbabwe Cricket is in search for managing director to help identify and develop talent for the national team. Former Test captain Alistair Campbell is a frontrunner for the position after having held talks with Zimbabwe cricket board and the board said it wanted to interview other candidates as well. It has also announced positions of general manager cricket operations and director of coaching. The announcement came after ZC's board meeting last week. Recently national coach Mangongo who has no high-level cricketing experience said that the lack of finances was holding back the team, not the lack of experienced internationals in the coaching set-up. Zimbabwe have lost all three Tests and five ODIs against Bangladesh. "We have to strengthen the cricket side of it while also improving administratively," said ZC board chairman Wilson Manase.

Harris may skip 1st test citing personal reasons

The 1st test between India and Australia was due to start on Thursday at the Gabba in Brisbane, but was delayed due to Hughes freak on-field accident last week and left players emotionally shattered, James Sutherland, on Tuesday said that it was too early to say which players would be mentally ready for the rescheduled Test series against India as mourners began arriving for Hughes funeral. Australia's four-Test series will now begin in Adelaide on December 9. One of Australia's premier fast bowlers, Ryan Harris, has already said that he isn't sure about playing in the first Test at Adelaide. "I am thinking about it and I am not sure. I have lost my mother before and I was pushed to play by my father and my brother and it probably helped," Harris said."However, this will be tough for some boys and it is going to be tough for me too. I will have to work it out when I get to Adelaide and see how we all feel. The boys who were there and witnessed what happened” he added. Cricket Australia will talk about this with BCCI and will take decision.

Dhoni, Bhuvneshwar Kumar down in ODI rankings

Indian captain Dhoni and pacer Kumar went down in the ICC ODI rankings. They missed out the 5-0 series win against Sri Lanka, They are back for the Australia series but with the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 looming would be expected to play a big part Down Under. Present stand in Indian captain Virat Kohli remains second in the latest ICC ODI batsmen rankings while Dhoni has slipped to ninth place while team India maintain second spot in the team standings. Fast Bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar has dropped a place to be eighth in the bowler rankings In the team rankings India was still on to their place while Bangladesh opened up a 22-point lead over Zimbabwe. Ninth-placed Bangladesh was now close to New Zealand and West Indies.

PCB looking for reassessment of Ajmal’s bowling action

Pakistan cricket board said that they are seeking a reassessment of Saeed Ajmal's bowling action which was considered as illegal in September in a hurry to clear the suspension on this off-spinner as the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 was not far away. Ajmal was suspended from bowling at the international level because of suspect bowling action during the Galle Test against Sri Lanka. Ajmal was undergoing his practice to correct his action and the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said he was ready to have his action re-tested by the International Cricket Council. "We have sent an email to the ICC for Ajmal's official bowling reassessment and waiting for a date", said PCB Chief. According to the ICC rules bowlers are allowed to extend their elbow by 15 degrees and Ajmal's assessment in Australia showed his extension was nearly 43 degrees. Ajmal has undergone two unofficial tests at Loughborough University in England

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Dhoni may join Indian team from December 5

Indian team is expecting that Dhoni will join the team from 5th December. Dhoni was not named in squad for 1st test and he also missed the ODI series against Sri Lanka due to a right thumb injury. Dhoni was expected to play the second Test, with the Tests being rescheduled because of Phil Hughes death, there are speculations that Dhoni will play the first game at Adelaide which starts from December 9. According to Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) there is only a small chance of him playing in the first Test at Adelaide. "He will reach on December 5 and it will take some time for Dhoni to get over from his jet lag. He will take some time to settle down and Dhoni will take the final call once he reaches there”, said BCCI official.

Williamson to captain in T20 as Bredon McCullum was rested

New Zealand named their rising young batsman, Kane Williamson as stand-in captain for the upcoming ODI and T20I series against Pakistan. They have allowed Brendon McCullum to take a break. Chief selector Edgar said that McCullum, Tim Southee and Trent Boult would return to New Zealand to prepare for a series against Sri Lanka which starts on December 26. "Now, managing players' workloads will be an important part of our summer's plans and this is simply an example of that," he said. He also said that the decision was taken before last week's death of Australian batsman Phillip Hughes, which shocked the entire team. McCullum scored a double century and led New Zealand to 80-run victory over Pakistan to level Test series by 1-1 on Sunday.

Mahela Jayawardane to miss 3RD ODI Due to personal reasons

Mahela Jayawardane is going to miss third ODI against Sri Lanka citing personal reasons which is scheduled to take place on December 3 at Hambantota. Mahela Jayawardene had requested Sri Lanka Cricket to give rest to him for the 3rd ODI against England due to personal reasons. SLC has granted his request and Ashan Priyanjan has been named as replacement for Mahela. Priyanjan has played 21 ODIs with two fifties and average 23.64. Srilanka is now leading with 2-0 against England in a 7 match series. Mahela is riding with his form and scored 87 runs in the second ODI against England.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Manoj Tiwary continuing his form in domestic competition with scoring 151

Manoj Tiwary continuing his form in domestic competition with scoring 151 which gave East Zone comfortable 52-run victory over North Zone in the Deodhar Trophy semi-final in Mumbai on Sunday.East Zone scored 273 for eight in 50 overs. On the other hand, northzone never in contention with East Zone bowling effort made them all out for 221 in 47.1 overs. East Zone off-spinner Saurashis Lahiri bowled brilliantly with support from Biplab Samantray and Shahbaz Nadeem. This pits Tiwary in the 30-member probable squad for the Cricket World Cup 2015. In the recent times he also scored centuries in Duleep Trophy, Vijay Hazare Trophy.

Bowling bouncers should be continued says Allan Donald

South African veteran pace bowler, Allan Donald has called on cricket bosses not to ban bouncers, as they revisit safety because of the death of Australian cricketer, Phillip Hughes. Donald, who is now the serving as South Africa bowling coach told that the incident was 'freakish' and ICC may take drastic action."I hope it doesn't take this horrific incident to make the cricket authorities think that the only way to make the cricket safe is to abolish the bouncer," Donald said. He remembered that he was hit by ball two times in Nel bowling. Donald also said that there could not be much more improvement on the protection of helmets.