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Warne impressed by Sehwag's batting prowess

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Warne impressed by Sehwag's batting prowess

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Cricket could inspire a golf revolution

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GOLF will join cricket's Twenty20 revolution if a proposal before the PGA Tour of Australasia is adopted.

Mindful of the explosion of interest in cricket's abbreviated version, one of Australia's most experienced golf promoters has proposed that a round-robin six-hole matchplay tournament be tacked on to the local golf tour.

Melburnian Rod Leembruggen, who previously ran the Heineken Classic and the PGA Championship at Coolum, has spent four years on the project, travelling between Australia and London. He believes sports fans are no longer connecting with traditional tournament formats. "We've got a formula that's only going to see the demise of more golf tournaments, and that would be a great, great shame," Leembruggen said yesterday. "We're trying to attract the person who's not the purist."

Six-hole matchplay events would take just over an hour to complete, with players having microphones and encouraged to engage with each other and with spectators. Under the proposal, the tournament would cover two days in round-robin format, with a field of 32, including celebrities.

Leembruggen has sold a similar concept to a television network in the United Kingdom, with players such as Ian Poulter and Paul Casey to team with low-handicap celebrities such as Hugh Grant at The Grove, outside London, next July.

Leembruggen, who calls the concept One to Six, has sounded out such people as former tennis ace Patrick Rafter and former Wallabies captain George Gregan about taking part. He has talked to television networks and had a further meeting with the PGA Tour yesterday.

"It started over a bottle of red wine with (tour tournaments director) Andrew Langford-Jones in Coolum four years ago. We were both saying how bored we were with the current format. We started talking about (the) format of one-day cricket, then Twenty20 cricket, and why can't golf have something similar? It's far less costly, it's far quicker, it's fresh and innovative, and I think it's complementary to the game."

Leembruggen saw the tumbling participation figures and poor television ratings for golf published in The Age last week and was sad. "It shows the true picture and that true picture is a pretty sad state of affairs," he said. "Sponsors look at it and say, 'We don't want to get behind it'.

"I just remember the halcyon days when people were crammed in here (Huntingdale). That excitement level has gone out of the game. When Tiger Woods plays, it comes back. But we can't be reliant on individual players."

The tour has not yet formally responded to his entreaties, other than to say it is looking at the medium-term

Cricket could inspire a golf revolution

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GOLF will join cricket's Twenty20 revolution if a proposal before the PGA Tour of Australasia is adopted.

Mindful of the explosion of interest in cricket's abbreviated version, one of Australia's most experienced golf promoters has proposed that a round-robin six-hole matchplay tournament be tacked on to the local golf tour.

Melburnian Rod Leembruggen, who previously ran the Heineken Classic and the PGA Championship at Coolum, has spent four years on the project, travelling between Australia and London. He believes sports fans are no longer connecting with traditional tournament formats. "We've got a formula that's only going to see the demise of more golf tournaments, and that would be a great, great shame," Leembruggen said yesterday. "We're trying to attract the person who's not the purist."

Six-hole matchplay events would take just over an hour to complete, with players having microphones and encouraged to engage with each other and with spectators. Under the proposal, the tournament would cover two days in round-robin format, with a field of 32, including celebrities.

Leembruggen has sold a similar concept to a television network in the United Kingdom, with players such as Ian Poulter and Paul Casey to team with low-handicap celebrities such as Hugh Grant at The Grove, outside London, next July.

Leembruggen, who calls the concept One to Six, has sounded out such people as former tennis ace Patrick Rafter and former Wallabies captain George Gregan about taking part. He has talked to television networks and had a further meeting with the PGA Tour yesterday.

"It started over a bottle of red wine with (tour tournaments director) Andrew Langford-Jones in Coolum four years ago. We were both saying how bored we were with the current format. We started talking about (the) format of one-day cricket, then Twenty20 cricket, and why can't golf have something similar? It's far less costly, it's far quicker, it's fresh and innovative, and I think it's complementary to the game."

Leembruggen saw the tumbling participation figures and poor television ratings for golf published in The Age last week and was sad. "It shows the true picture and that true picture is a pretty sad state of affairs," he said. "Sponsors look at it and say, 'We don't want to get behind it'.

"I just remember the halcyon days when people were crammed in here (Huntingdale). That excitement level has gone out of the game. When Tiger Woods plays, it comes back. But we can't be reliant on individual players."

The tour has not yet formally responded to his entreaties, other than to say it is looking at the medium-term

CA fails to check repeat offender Symonds

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Andrew Symonds committed yet another breach of discipline when he skipped a compulsory recovery session with Queensland, six weeks after being sent home for missing a team meeting in Darwin.

Cricket Australia (CA) despite being aware of the incident- it was Symond's third breach of his CA contract in three years- took no action. In fact, CA chief James Sutherland said the indiscretion was "not my business", giving weight to the criticism of Australian cricket's governing body's failure to act decisively to address the all-rounder's disciplinary issues.

According to Herald Sun, Symonds failed to attend a Queensland recovery session Oct 13, and later confessed he had slept in. He was then warned by Queensland chief executive Graham Dixon and coach Trevor Barsby.

The all-rounder contacted his counselling team, who informed about the incident to Sutherland.

Sutherland responded by saying he was interested only in a professional appraisal as to whether Symonds was mentally fit to be available for Australian selection.

CA spokesman Peter Young confirmed Sutherland was aware of Symonds's indiscipline.

"James Sutherland's opinion was that it was not his business and the only thing he was interested in was the counsellor's eventual advice as to whether Andrew could be considered for selection again," Young said.

The 33-year-old was embroiled in more controversy last Monday when he had an altercation with a fan at the Normanby Hotel in Brisbane.

CA fails to check repeat offender Symonds

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Andrew Symonds committed yet another breach of discipline when he skipped a compulsory recovery session with Queensland, six weeks after being sent home for missing a team meeting in Darwin.

Cricket Australia (CA) despite being aware of the incident- it was Symond's third breach of his CA contract in three years- took no action. In fact, CA chief James Sutherland said the indiscretion was "not my business", giving weight to the criticism of Australian cricket's governing body's failure to act decisively to address the all-rounder's disciplinary issues.

According to Herald Sun, Symonds failed to attend a Queensland recovery session Oct 13, and later confessed he had slept in. He was then warned by Queensland chief executive Graham Dixon and coach Trevor Barsby.

The all-rounder contacted his counselling team, who informed about the incident to Sutherland.

Sutherland responded by saying he was interested only in a professional appraisal as to whether Symonds was mentally fit to be available for Australian selection.

CA spokesman Peter Young confirmed Sutherland was aware of Symonds's indiscipline.

"James Sutherland's opinion was that it was not his business and the only thing he was interested in was the counsellor's eventual advice as to whether Andrew could be considered for selection again," Young said.

The 33-year-old was embroiled in more controversy last Monday when he had an altercation with a fan at the Normanby Hotel in Brisbane.

Cats taste Premier Cricket victory after record run chase

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In a remarkable game played at Kardinia Park at the weekend, the Cats successfully chased down their victory target of 403 set by Essendon to score a stunning victory to strengthen their grip on a top-four spot on the ladder.

A club record second-wicket stand of 207 between opener Shaun Dean and Aaron Finch helped pave the way for Geelong's six-wicket win.

The Cats' previous highest run chase was when they overtook Frankston Peninsula's 6-338 dec in 2003-04.

Both scored centuries as Geelong easily passed Essendon's massive total of 8-402 dec, an innings which was highlighted by a double century from Ben Fletcher.

His 210 not out, which included 32 fours and two sixes, was the highest score ever made by a Bombers' player, breaking the record of 208 not out held by George Davies (1917-18) and John Moyes (1920-21).

It was also the first century by an Essendon player against Geelong, easily surpassing teammate Aaron Mato's unbeaten knock of 94 in 2005-06.

Fletcher also shared in a double century stand with Brent Hutchinson (75) that helped rescue the Bombers innings from 5-138.

However, Dean and Joel Davies (50) helped get Geelong's run chase off to a flyer yesterday with a century opening stand before Dean (134) and Finch (120) took control of the match with their partnership.

When they were eventually dismissed, Clinton Peake (49 not out) and Liam Buchanan (34) picked off the remaining runs with ease.

Jubilant Geelong captain-coach Damian Shanahan said he was always confident his batting line-up could chase down the huge victory target. "We spoke about how against Carlton last year on a similar wicket and a similar outfield, we chased down a big score and also went onto make about 400," Shanahan said.

"So, we knew that as a batting unit we could do it. I was confident all day and I actually said to a few of the boys on Saturday night that if we bat out our 100 overs, we'll definitely knock them off. It was only four (runs) an over and, with our batting line-up, we thought it was a really gettable score and the feeling among the boys was positive.

"It was an awesome day and a really important win."

The Cats travel to Melbourne for the next two weekends to take on Richmond

Cats taste Premier Cricket victory after record run chase

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In a remarkable game played at Kardinia Park at the weekend, the Cats successfully chased down their victory target of 403 set by Essendon to score a stunning victory to strengthen their grip on a top-four spot on the ladder.

A club record second-wicket stand of 207 between opener Shaun Dean and Aaron Finch helped pave the way for Geelong's six-wicket win.

The Cats' previous highest run chase was when they overtook Frankston Peninsula's 6-338 dec in 2003-04.

Both scored centuries as Geelong easily passed Essendon's massive total of 8-402 dec, an innings which was highlighted by a double century from Ben Fletcher.

His 210 not out, which included 32 fours and two sixes, was the highest score ever made by a Bombers' player, breaking the record of 208 not out held by George Davies (1917-18) and John Moyes (1920-21).

It was also the first century by an Essendon player against Geelong, easily surpassing teammate Aaron Mato's unbeaten knock of 94 in 2005-06.

Fletcher also shared in a double century stand with Brent Hutchinson (75) that helped rescue the Bombers innings from 5-138.

However, Dean and Joel Davies (50) helped get Geelong's run chase off to a flyer yesterday with a century opening stand before Dean (134) and Finch (120) took control of the match with their partnership.

When they were eventually dismissed, Clinton Peake (49 not out) and Liam Buchanan (34) picked off the remaining runs with ease.

Jubilant Geelong captain-coach Damian Shanahan said he was always confident his batting line-up could chase down the huge victory target. "We spoke about how against Carlton last year on a similar wicket and a similar outfield, we chased down a big score and also went onto make about 400," Shanahan said.

"So, we knew that as a batting unit we could do it. I was confident all day and I actually said to a few of the boys on Saturday night that if we bat out our 100 overs, we'll definitely knock them off. It was only four (runs) an over and, with our batting line-up, we thought it was a really gettable score and the feeling among the boys was positive.

"It was an awesome day and a really important win."

The Cats travel to Melbourne for the next two weekends to take on Richmond

India cancels Pakistan cricket tour: report

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India's government has refused permission to send a cricket team for a full tour of Pakistan early next year following the deadly Mumbai attacks, Indian television reported on Sunday.

The tour was cancelled amid a government probe into Pakistani links to the assaults on the country's financial capital by heavily-armed militants that left nearly 200 people dead.

The NDTV and CNN-IBN news channels, quoting unnamed government sources, said the matches were also unlikely to be played at neutral venues.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) declined to comment on the reports, saying its request for a security clearance for the tour was pending with the government.

India were scheduled to play three Tests, five one-day internationals and a Twenty20 match during the five-week tour from January 13 to February 19.

It was to be the fifth bilateral series between the two countries since 2004, when cricket ties resumed after a 15-year gap due to political tensions between the warring neighbours.

The tour was first put in doubt earlier this month when the Indian government denied permission to the national junior hockey team to visit Pakistan.

Australia cancelled a Test tour of Pakistan in March and the International Cricket Council put off the high-profile Champions Trophy there in September due to security concerns.

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief Ijaz Butt had said on Friday the fate of India's tour lay in the hands of the respective governments.

"The security situation is out of our control and after what has happened in Mumbai, the decision on the Indian team's tour of Pakistan is now in two governments' hands," Butt said.

"Relocating the home series to neutral venues was a huge financial loss in the past so it's detestable but in an effort to give our players some cricket we will have to do that, but as a last resort."

Cricket officials in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) had offered to host the series.

The BCCI is also waiting for England to confirm next week's two-Test tour of India after the last two one-day matches were cancelled and the tourists returned home following the Mumbai attacks.

The BCCI shifted the second Test from Mumbai to Chennai, but retained Vadodara as the venue for a three-day practice match from December 5 and the first Test in Ahmedabad from December 11.

India cancels Pakistan cricket tour: report

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India's government has refused permission to send a cricket team for a full tour of Pakistan early next year following the deadly Mumbai attacks, Indian television reported on Sunday.

The tour was cancelled amid a government probe into Pakistani links to the assaults on the country's financial capital by heavily-armed militants that left nearly 200 people dead.

The NDTV and CNN-IBN news channels, quoting unnamed government sources, said the matches were also unlikely to be played at neutral venues.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) declined to comment on the reports, saying its request for a security clearance for the tour was pending with the government.

India were scheduled to play three Tests, five one-day internationals and a Twenty20 match during the five-week tour from January 13 to February 19.

It was to be the fifth bilateral series between the two countries since 2004, when cricket ties resumed after a 15-year gap due to political tensions between the warring neighbours.

The tour was first put in doubt earlier this month when the Indian government denied permission to the national junior hockey team to visit Pakistan.

Australia cancelled a Test tour of Pakistan in March and the International Cricket Council put off the high-profile Champions Trophy there in September due to security concerns.

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief Ijaz Butt had said on Friday the fate of India's tour lay in the hands of the respective governments.

"The security situation is out of our control and after what has happened in Mumbai, the decision on the Indian team's tour of Pakistan is now in two governments' hands," Butt said.

"Relocating the home series to neutral venues was a huge financial loss in the past so it's detestable but in an effort to give our players some cricket we will have to do that, but as a last resort."

Cricket officials in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) had offered to host the series.

The BCCI is also waiting for England to confirm next week's two-Test tour of India after the last two one-day matches were cancelled and the tourists returned home following the Mumbai attacks.

The BCCI shifted the second Test from Mumbai to Chennai, but retained Vadodara as the venue for a three-day practice match from December 5 and the first Test in Ahmedabad from December 11.

Time to stand up to terror, cricket can wait

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Saturday, November 29, 2008

Test greats fear for cricket superpower and global game

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TEST greats fear India could become a cricketing no-go area because of the terrorist attacks in Mumbai.

With India all of a sudden out of the picture for international cricketers, there are only five of the nine Test playing nations that are considered safe.

Several tours of Pakistan have been abandoned for security reasons while Sri Lanka and Bangladesh are also trouble spots.

Former England captain Tony Greig insisted global powerbroker India was vital to world cricket, but feared cricketers were not going to want to go there after the Mumbai attacks.

"The truth of the matter is that no one is going to want to go there for a while," Greig said yesterday.

"India is vitally important for cricket.

"About 76 cents in every dollar comes from India for cricket and that goes into development and the running of the game worldwide. We all love it as cricketers. You haven't really lived unless you have played cricket in India."

Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland admitted the global cricketing landscape might have changed for ever.

"The bar has only been lifted a little bit higher in terms of our expectations and standards on security for cricket tours, (but) for anything else in life in India, it will change forever," Sutherland said yesterday.

Next week's Champions League tournament has been postponed and England has pulled out of the last two one-dayers of its tour of India.

Greig feared England was unlikely to return for the Test battle.

"The England team are on their way home. I find it very hard to believe that they will have any of their Test matches there," he said.

"Some of the scenes that we have seen on television have been absolutely horrific. Having stayed in that hotel, the Taj, just a few weeks back and just to think these dreadful things are happening there has shocked everybody."

Former Australian skipper Ian Chappell said India was now "on a par" with Pakistan as a safety concern for cricketers.

Australia has twice boycotted Pakistan in the past year, with a Test tour and the Champions Trophy one-day tournament cancelled because of terrorism.

Australia is due to tour Pakistan for a one-day series in April but that is in doubt.

"When Australia were considering the tour to Pakistan, it was said that touring teams and sporting teams in general hadn't been targeted in Pakistan," Chappell said.

"But still the players don't want to go to Pakistan.

"Now the fact that Westerners have been targeted in India will I'm sure cause a lot of people to rethink.

"The cricketers were reasonably comfortable going to India, very uncomfortable about going to Pakistan.

"Now it might be more on a par."THE AFL had planned to hold a pre-season game in Mumbai, but was forced to cancel because of financial reasons.

Peter Linford, senior Trade Commissioner for Austrade in South East Asia, said the game would have been abandoned because of the attacks.

Test greats fear for cricket superpower and global game

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TEST greats fear India could become a cricketing no-go area because of the terrorist attacks in Mumbai.

With India all of a sudden out of the picture for international cricketers, there are only five of the nine Test playing nations that are considered safe.

Several tours of Pakistan have been abandoned for security reasons while Sri Lanka and Bangladesh are also trouble spots.

Former England captain Tony Greig insisted global powerbroker India was vital to world cricket, but feared cricketers were not going to want to go there after the Mumbai attacks.

"The truth of the matter is that no one is going to want to go there for a while," Greig said yesterday.

"India is vitally important for cricket.

"About 76 cents in every dollar comes from India for cricket and that goes into development and the running of the game worldwide. We all love it as cricketers. You haven't really lived unless you have played cricket in India."

Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland admitted the global cricketing landscape might have changed for ever.

"The bar has only been lifted a little bit higher in terms of our expectations and standards on security for cricket tours, (but) for anything else in life in India, it will change forever," Sutherland said yesterday.

Next week's Champions League tournament has been postponed and England has pulled out of the last two one-dayers of its tour of India.

Greig feared England was unlikely to return for the Test battle.

"The England team are on their way home. I find it very hard to believe that they will have any of their Test matches there," he said.

"Some of the scenes that we have seen on television have been absolutely horrific. Having stayed in that hotel, the Taj, just a few weeks back and just to think these dreadful things are happening there has shocked everybody."

Former Australian skipper Ian Chappell said India was now "on a par" with Pakistan as a safety concern for cricketers.

Australia has twice boycotted Pakistan in the past year, with a Test tour and the Champions Trophy one-day tournament cancelled because of terrorism.

Australia is due to tour Pakistan for a one-day series in April but that is in doubt.

"When Australia were considering the tour to Pakistan, it was said that touring teams and sporting teams in general hadn't been targeted in Pakistan," Chappell said.

"But still the players don't want to go to Pakistan.

"Now the fact that Westerners have been targeted in India will I'm sure cause a lot of people to rethink.

"The cricketers were reasonably comfortable going to India, very uncomfortable about going to Pakistan.

"Now it might be more on a par."THE AFL had planned to hold a pre-season game in Mumbai, but was forced to cancel because of financial reasons.

Peter Linford, senior Trade Commissioner for Austrade in South East Asia, said the game would have been abandoned because of the attacks.

espite terror attacks cricket will resume: Waugh

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Melbourne: India has been robbed of its innocence by the ghastly terror strike in Mumbai but cricket in the country will resume after a short break as it is a way of life and a symbol of hope for the people there, feels former Australian skipper Steve Waugh.

"My gut feeling is that cricket will see an interruption in the short term but business will resume as normal shortly afterwards," Waugh, who has a long association with a charity for children of leprosy patients in India, said.

"The game of cricket in India is a way of life and a symbol of hope and, as such, it has the ability to restore faith and instill confidence," he wrote in a column for The Daily Telegraph.

Waugh said abandoning of an ODI series by England and postponement of the Twenty20 Champions League were short-term reactions towards the tragedy that left over 150 people dead and everything will limp back to normalcy after a while albeit with heightened security and skepticism.

"Perversely, after such a major incident India will probably be a much safer place to be than previously, for security will reach unprecedented levels at airports, five- star hotels and places where people congregate. But such is human nature that confidence will be hard to restore in the short term," he explained.

"Time is a great healer but, much like 9/11, life on the subcontinent will never be the same. The need for security will be paramount and this will affect all facets of life," he added.

espite terror attacks cricket will resume: Waugh

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Melbourne: India has been robbed of its innocence by the ghastly terror strike in Mumbai but cricket in the country will resume after a short break as it is a way of life and a symbol of hope for the people there, feels former Australian skipper Steve Waugh.

"My gut feeling is that cricket will see an interruption in the short term but business will resume as normal shortly afterwards," Waugh, who has a long association with a charity for children of leprosy patients in India, said.

"The game of cricket in India is a way of life and a symbol of hope and, as such, it has the ability to restore faith and instill confidence," he wrote in a column for The Daily Telegraph.

Waugh said abandoning of an ODI series by England and postponement of the Twenty20 Champions League were short-term reactions towards the tragedy that left over 150 people dead and everything will limp back to normalcy after a while albeit with heightened security and skepticism.

"Perversely, after such a major incident India will probably be a much safer place to be than previously, for security will reach unprecedented levels at airports, five- star hotels and places where people congregate. But such is human nature that confidence will be hard to restore in the short term," he explained.

"Time is a great healer but, much like 9/11, life on the subcontinent will never be the same. The need for security will be paramount and this will affect all facets of life," he added.

England, India Cut Short Cricket Series Amid Mumbai Attacks

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England's cricket team has cut short a seven-match series in India by two games because of this week's Islamic militant attacks in Mumbai.

The top English team flew to Bangalore Friday, and both the top and second string squads will fly home to Britain on Saturday. India was leading the series 5-0.

English and Indian cricket officials called off the last two one-day internationals, but say their teams will face off in two cricket tests next month.

India's cricket board Friday moved the December 19 test to Chennai from Mumbai, where at least 140 people have been killed since the attacks began Wednesday. The other test is December 11 in Ahmedabad.

However, England team Captain Kevin Pietersen says it will be the personal decision of each player whether to return to India for the test matches.

England's cricket team had been scheduled to stay in Mumbai's upscale Taj Mahal Palace hotel, which is one of the targets attacked by the militants. Witnesses have said the gunmen were looking for British and U.S. citizens.

England, India Cut Short Cricket Series Amid Mumbai Attacks

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England's cricket team has cut short a seven-match series in India by two games because of this week's Islamic militant attacks in Mumbai.

The top English team flew to Bangalore Friday, and both the top and second string squads will fly home to Britain on Saturday. India was leading the series 5-0.

English and Indian cricket officials called off the last two one-day internationals, but say their teams will face off in two cricket tests next month.

India's cricket board Friday moved the December 19 test to Chennai from Mumbai, where at least 140 people have been killed since the attacks began Wednesday. The other test is December 11 in Ahmedabad.

However, England team Captain Kevin Pietersen says it will be the personal decision of each player whether to return to India for the test matches.

England's cricket team had been scheduled to stay in Mumbai's upscale Taj Mahal Palace hotel, which is one of the targets attacked by the militants. Witnesses have said the gunmen were looking for British and U.S. citizens.

Friday, November 28, 2008

Cricket. League play postponed

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Next week's Champions League competition in India has been called off following the terrorist attacks in Mumbai earlier this week. Gunmen killed at least 125 people and injured more than 300 in raids on two five-star hotels, including the Taj Mahal Palace where teams in the Champions League were to stay last night. The Champions League was scheduled to start Wednesday with teams from Australia, South Africa, India, England and Pakistan.

Cricket. League play postponed

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Next week's Champions League competition in India has been called off following the terrorist attacks in Mumbai earlier this week. Gunmen killed at least 125 people and injured more than 300 in raids on two five-star hotels, including the Taj Mahal Palace where teams in the Champions League were to stay last night. The Champions League was scheduled to start Wednesday with teams from Australia, South Africa, India, England and Pakistan.

Bombings stop cricket in India

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INTERNATIONAL cricket in India will go into recess for at least two weeks in the wake of terror attacks that killed more than 100 people in Mumbai on Wednesday.

England and India officials agreed in an emergency meeting yesterday to postpone the last two matches of their limited-overs international series in Guwahati and New Delhi.

Next month’s two Test matches in Ahmedabad and Mumbai are also in doubt.

The inaugural Twenty20 Champions League, featuring provincial teams from Australia, South Africa, England, Pakistan and India, was postponed to a date yet to be determined. It was due to start yester day.

Cricket South Africa (CSA) yesterday expressed its concern at the terrorist attacks.

Two of the South African franchises, the Titans and the Dolphins, were due to leave for India at the weekend to play in the Champions’ League competition.

National captain Graeme Smith and fast bowler Makhaya Ntini are also contracted to play for the Rajasthan Royals and the Chennai Super Kings respectively. Some matches are scheduled for Mumbai.

“The safety of our players is of paramount concern to us at all times,” said CSA chief executive Gerald Majola.

“We will have to wait for guidance from the Department of Foreign Affairs as well as the people on the ground in India before we take any decisions.”

Champions League tournament chairperson Lalit Modi said: “We very strongly condemn this dastardly and heinous criminal act of a few which has resulted in the loss of precious lives and injury to hundreds.”

As well as at least 101 dead, hundreds of people were injured and Westerners were taken hostage in the co-ordinated overnight attacks by terrorists in Mumbai.

The England team had stayed in one of the hotels targeted earlier in the tour and had been due to return there on December 16.

The ECB said its team would remain in Bhubaneswar, near the venue of its last match in Cuttack, for 24 hours pending further talks with the Board of Control for Cricket in India.

“We have reviewed all our security arrangements in the light of these attacks and will be taking all necessary steps,” Hugh Morris, managing director, England Cricket, said in a statement.

The BCCI is still hopeful of reviving the Test series, due to start on December 11, after the hosts won the first five matches in the ODI series.

Morris said no decision had been made on the Tests, yet.

“If the security advice says it is safe and secure for players and management to go, that is what we will do.”

The Professional Cricketers’ Association said player safety would be the determining factor, hinting the Test series could be scrapped.

“The safety of the players is absolutely paramount in this whole thing,” Dougie Brown, cricket chairperson of the PCA, told Britain’s Press Association. “The game of cricket is insignificant when people’s lives are at threat.

“Can the safety of our players be guaranteed? On the basis of what we have seen in the last few hours, no.”

Australian and English provincial clubs had already postponed travel to India for the Champions League.

Naeem Gulzar, president of Sialkot Region, Pakistan’s representative in the Champions League, said his team had no problems if matches were shifted out of Mumbai to Bangalore or Chennai.

“After last night’s incident in Mumbai, cricket is now secondary and it is too early to say what will be the future of Champions League,” Gulzar told The AP.

Even the unofficial Indian Cricket League competition was affected.

Bombings stop cricket in India

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INTERNATIONAL cricket in India will go into recess for at least two weeks in the wake of terror attacks that killed more than 100 people in Mumbai on Wednesday.

England and India officials agreed in an emergency meeting yesterday to postpone the last two matches of their limited-overs international series in Guwahati and New Delhi.

Next month’s two Test matches in Ahmedabad and Mumbai are also in doubt.

The inaugural Twenty20 Champions League, featuring provincial teams from Australia, South Africa, England, Pakistan and India, was postponed to a date yet to be determined. It was due to start yester day.

Cricket South Africa (CSA) yesterday expressed its concern at the terrorist attacks.

Two of the South African franchises, the Titans and the Dolphins, were due to leave for India at the weekend to play in the Champions’ League competition.

National captain Graeme Smith and fast bowler Makhaya Ntini are also contracted to play for the Rajasthan Royals and the Chennai Super Kings respectively. Some matches are scheduled for Mumbai.

“The safety of our players is of paramount concern to us at all times,” said CSA chief executive Gerald Majola.

“We will have to wait for guidance from the Department of Foreign Affairs as well as the people on the ground in India before we take any decisions.”

Champions League tournament chairperson Lalit Modi said: “We very strongly condemn this dastardly and heinous criminal act of a few which has resulted in the loss of precious lives and injury to hundreds.”

As well as at least 101 dead, hundreds of people were injured and Westerners were taken hostage in the co-ordinated overnight attacks by terrorists in Mumbai.

The England team had stayed in one of the hotels targeted earlier in the tour and had been due to return there on December 16.

The ECB said its team would remain in Bhubaneswar, near the venue of its last match in Cuttack, for 24 hours pending further talks with the Board of Control for Cricket in India.

“We have reviewed all our security arrangements in the light of these attacks and will be taking all necessary steps,” Hugh Morris, managing director, England Cricket, said in a statement.

The BCCI is still hopeful of reviving the Test series, due to start on December 11, after the hosts won the first five matches in the ODI series.

Morris said no decision had been made on the Tests, yet.

“If the security advice says it is safe and secure for players and management to go, that is what we will do.”

The Professional Cricketers’ Association said player safety would be the determining factor, hinting the Test series could be scrapped.

“The safety of the players is absolutely paramount in this whole thing,” Dougie Brown, cricket chairperson of the PCA, told Britain’s Press Association. “The game of cricket is insignificant when people’s lives are at threat.

“Can the safety of our players be guaranteed? On the basis of what we have seen in the last few hours, no.”

Australian and English provincial clubs had already postponed travel to India for the Champions League.

Naeem Gulzar, president of Sialkot Region, Pakistan’s representative in the Champions League, said his team had no problems if matches were shifted out of Mumbai to Bangalore or Chennai.

“After last night’s incident in Mumbai, cricket is now secondary and it is too early to say what will be the future of Champions League,” Gulzar told The AP.

Even the unofficial Indian Cricket League competition was affected.

Close call for England players in Mumbai, says Vaughan

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England cricketers would have likely been staying in one of the Mumbai hotels attacked this week, but their plans were changed at a late stage, former England captain Michael Vaughan said Friday.

Vaughan said England's reserve squad had left equipment in a room at the Taj Mahal hotel at the start of the tour a few weeks ago in preparation for their possible return to Mumbai this week.

The Taj was on Wednesday stormed by heavily armed militants looking for British and US guests.

"This week I was due to be in Mumbai with the rest of England's high performance squad," Vaughan wrote in his column for the Daily Telegraph newspaper.

"It was only at the last minute that our training camp was switched to Bangalore. I don't know why it was switched but we could have been there in one of those hotels when they were attacked.

"All our white Test kit is in one of the rooms at the Taj Mahal where one of the sieges has been going on.

"All the stuff was deposited there after England's two practice games in Bombay (Mumbai) at the start of this tour. That's how close the danger is."

He said he had spent "many nights" in the Taj on past tours.

Vaughan and the second-tier high performance squad, and the main touring party led by captain Kevin Pietersen, were all flying back to Britain on Friday.

The attacks led to the cancellation of the remaining two matches of the seven-match one-day international series, but Indian cricket officials are hopeful of convincing England to return for the two-Test series next month.

Indian officials said on Friday they would move the second Test, which was to have been played in Mumbai from December 19, to Chennai.

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) have said they are "willing" to play the Tests, but Vaughan said he hoped the safety of the players and fans would be the main factor in determining whether the Tests eventually go ahead.

"I just hope the decision to return for the Tests is taken out of their (the players') hands, and that it is not a financial decision but is made with their wellbeing -- and the supporters and media -- first and foremost."

Close call for England players in Mumbai, says Vaughan

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England cricketers would have likely been staying in one of the Mumbai hotels attacked this week, but their plans were changed at a late stage, former England captain Michael Vaughan said Friday.

Vaughan said England's reserve squad had left equipment in a room at the Taj Mahal hotel at the start of the tour a few weeks ago in preparation for their possible return to Mumbai this week.

The Taj was on Wednesday stormed by heavily armed militants looking for British and US guests.

"This week I was due to be in Mumbai with the rest of England's high performance squad," Vaughan wrote in his column for the Daily Telegraph newspaper.

"It was only at the last minute that our training camp was switched to Bangalore. I don't know why it was switched but we could have been there in one of those hotels when they were attacked.

"All our white Test kit is in one of the rooms at the Taj Mahal where one of the sieges has been going on.

"All the stuff was deposited there after England's two practice games in Bombay (Mumbai) at the start of this tour. That's how close the danger is."

He said he had spent "many nights" in the Taj on past tours.

Vaughan and the second-tier high performance squad, and the main touring party led by captain Kevin Pietersen, were all flying back to Britain on Friday.

The attacks led to the cancellation of the remaining two matches of the seven-match one-day international series, but Indian cricket officials are hopeful of convincing England to return for the two-Test series next month.

Indian officials said on Friday they would move the second Test, which was to have been played in Mumbai from December 19, to Chennai.

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) have said they are "willing" to play the Tests, but Vaughan said he hoped the safety of the players and fans would be the main factor in determining whether the Tests eventually go ahead.

"I just hope the decision to return for the Tests is taken out of their (the players') hands, and that it is not a financial decision but is made with their wellbeing -- and the supporters and media -- first and foremost."

Cricket feud simmers after Mumbai terrorist attacks


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THE terrorist attacks in Mumbai are likely to spark an ugly confrontation between national and state administrators and players who feel they have missed out on a treasure trove of riches.

Stunned officials from Cricket Victoria and the West Australian Cricket Association were last night still coming to terms with being told by Cricket Australia the states will not contest the finals of the postponed Champions League Twenty20 tournament.

Test stars Matthew Hayden, Mike Hussey and Shane Watson also have been hit in the hip pocket because the Indian Premier League franchises they represent must also re-qualify for next year's finals.

WA was due to receive $250,000 for Hussey playing for Chennai, plus a possible $2 million bonanza for the winners, on top of appearance money.

The tournament was to be staged next week in India, with teams from Australia, India, Pakistan, South Africa and England having qualified this year.

But with the tournament now rescheduled to next year, teams will have to re-qualify under a CA ruling.

That could turn state against state with bitter disputes over who are the rightful qualifiers if WA and Victoria do not contest January's domestic final, the qualifying event for the Champions League.

"That's correct. The detail is a work in progress but that's the way it's working," CA public affairs manager Peter Young said. "The events of Mumbai are out of our control."

Cricket Victoria chief executive Tony Dodemaide did not rule out legal action if the Champions League governing council failed to compensate for lost earnings.

"Certainly we have incurred some costs with respect to the competition this time around," Dodemaide said.

"Obviously we are right on the verge of going over and had put everything in place. It's also fair to say having confirmed the Champions League and expectations of revenue, we adjusted the alterations accordingly."

It means the Bushrangers need to make the final of the domestic Twenty20 competition for a third year in a row to qualify.

Victoria has lost only one match in two years since the domestic competition began, with players a chance of earning up to $200,000 each in the lucrative Champions League.

But Victorian coach Greg Shipperd said the players had plenty of reason to be happy about returning home from Perth instead of flying to Mumbai today.

"Obviously, with what's happened over there, there's a sense of relief we're not wandering into the unknown," he said yesterday before a planned warm-up game against WA at Lilac Hill.

"There a a feeling of disappointment and despair for what's happened over there and for the people who have lost lives, that would have to be the majority of the mood.

"The minor aspect is a cricket opportunity we've missed out on and one we were looking forward to. But in the scheme of things, given the timing of the attacks, we were pretty lucky really."

Cricket feud simmers after Mumbai terrorist attacks


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THE terrorist attacks in Mumbai are likely to spark an ugly confrontation between national and state administrators and players who feel they have missed out on a treasure trove of riches.

Stunned officials from Cricket Victoria and the West Australian Cricket Association were last night still coming to terms with being told by Cricket Australia the states will not contest the finals of the postponed Champions League Twenty20 tournament.

Test stars Matthew Hayden, Mike Hussey and Shane Watson also have been hit in the hip pocket because the Indian Premier League franchises they represent must also re-qualify for next year's finals.

WA was due to receive $250,000 for Hussey playing for Chennai, plus a possible $2 million bonanza for the winners, on top of appearance money.

The tournament was to be staged next week in India, with teams from Australia, India, Pakistan, South Africa and England having qualified this year.

But with the tournament now rescheduled to next year, teams will have to re-qualify under a CA ruling.

That could turn state against state with bitter disputes over who are the rightful qualifiers if WA and Victoria do not contest January's domestic final, the qualifying event for the Champions League.

"That's correct. The detail is a work in progress but that's the way it's working," CA public affairs manager Peter Young said. "The events of Mumbai are out of our control."

Cricket Victoria chief executive Tony Dodemaide did not rule out legal action if the Champions League governing council failed to compensate for lost earnings.

"Certainly we have incurred some costs with respect to the competition this time around," Dodemaide said.

"Obviously we are right on the verge of going over and had put everything in place. It's also fair to say having confirmed the Champions League and expectations of revenue, we adjusted the alterations accordingly."

It means the Bushrangers need to make the final of the domestic Twenty20 competition for a third year in a row to qualify.

Victoria has lost only one match in two years since the domestic competition began, with players a chance of earning up to $200,000 each in the lucrative Champions League.

But Victorian coach Greg Shipperd said the players had plenty of reason to be happy about returning home from Perth instead of flying to Mumbai today.

"Obviously, with what's happened over there, there's a sense of relief we're not wandering into the unknown," he said yesterday before a planned warm-up game against WA at Lilac Hill.

"There a a feeling of disappointment and despair for what's happened over there and for the people who have lost lives, that would have to be the majority of the mood.

"The minor aspect is a cricket opportunity we've missed out on and one we were looking forward to. But in the scheme of things, given the timing of the attacks, we were pretty lucky really."

English Team Leaves India

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The English cricket team left India one day after the deadly terrorist attacks in Mumbai, but promised to return for two cricket tests next month.

Next month’s Twenty20 Champions League, featuring teams from Australia, South Africa, England, India and Pakistan, was postponed, and the unofficial Indian Cricket League canceled its match in Ahmedabad.

English Team Leaves India

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The English cricket team left India one day after the deadly terrorist attacks in Mumbai, but promised to return for two cricket tests next month.

Next month’s Twenty20 Champions League, featuring teams from Australia, South Africa, England, India and Pakistan, was postponed, and the unofficial Indian Cricket League canceled its match in Ahmedabad.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Cricket News-India (273-4) beat England (270-4), In 5th ODI

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England captain Kevin Pietersen felt his side had at least been competitive despite losing the fifth one-day international to India today.

Pietersen's unbeaten 111 helped England reach 270 for four after India won the toss and elected to field, but the home side cruised to a six-wicket win with 6.2 overs to spare.

"I thought it (270) was very competitive but I can see why they fielded first, the dew was a bit of a nightmare," Pietersen said.

"But we have been outplayed again, Virender Sehwag (91) and Sachin Tendulkar (50) made great knocks at the top of the order.

"I said I want to keep the series competitive and it certainly was today. We want to try to keep it competitive and nick two games off India."

India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, whose side lead the seven-match series 5-0, added on Sky Sports 1: "We didn't get the best of starts but the spinners did their job in the middle and helped restrict England to 270 when it seemed they would get near 300.

"Overall it was a good team effort, especially by the bowlers in the middle and at the end.

"The remarkable thing in the series has been the bowling, we have improved and hopefully will do well in the last two games."

Rohit Sharma, who scored the winning runs, added: "It was a great performance. Credit goes to everyone, we batted really well.

"I'm still in a learning process, it's going very well for me. Sachin Tendulkar is back in the side so there is plenty to learn from him.

"There are two more games to go and we will try to win those as well."

Cricket News-India (273-4) beat England (270-4), In 5th ODI

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England captain Kevin Pietersen felt his side had at least been competitive despite losing the fifth one-day international to India today.

Pietersen's unbeaten 111 helped England reach 270 for four after India won the toss and elected to field, but the home side cruised to a six-wicket win with 6.2 overs to spare.

"I thought it (270) was very competitive but I can see why they fielded first, the dew was a bit of a nightmare," Pietersen said.

"But we have been outplayed again, Virender Sehwag (91) and Sachin Tendulkar (50) made great knocks at the top of the order.

"I said I want to keep the series competitive and it certainly was today. We want to try to keep it competitive and nick two games off India."

India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, whose side lead the seven-match series 5-0, added on Sky Sports 1: "We didn't get the best of starts but the spinners did their job in the middle and helped restrict England to 270 when it seemed they would get near 300.

"Overall it was a good team effort, especially by the bowlers in the middle and at the end.

"The remarkable thing in the series has been the bowling, we have improved and hopefully will do well in the last two games."

Rohit Sharma, who scored the winning runs, added: "It was a great performance. Credit goes to everyone, we batted really well.

"I'm still in a learning process, it's going very well for me. Sachin Tendulkar is back in the side so there is plenty to learn from him.

"There are two more games to go and we will try to win those as well."

Kevin Pietersen props up England against India in cricket one-dayer

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Kevin Pietersen smashed an unbeaten century to help England post a competitive 270-4 in the fifth one-day international against India on Wednesday.

The England captain hit one six and 10 fours in his 128-ball knock for his seventh hundred in one-day internationals in a bid to help his team record its first win in the series.

India have already gained an unbeatable 4-0 lead in the seven-match series.

Pietersen held the innings together after both openers fell in the space of four overs. He added 89 for the third wicket with Paul Collingwood (40) and 112 for the fifth with Owais Shah (66 not out).

Shah hit nine fours in his 57-ball knock for a second successive half-century as England scored 74 runs in the last 10 overs.

England raced to 68 in the opening 10 overs after being put in to bat in the day-night match, losing openers Ravi Bopara (24) and Alastair Cook (11) in the process.

Left-arm seamer Zaheer Khan grabbed both the wickets in his three overs as he had Cook caught by Sachin Tendulkar at first slip before accounting for Bopara, caught at point by Yuvraj Singh.

The run-rate declined after off-spinner Harbhajan Singh and part-time spinner Yuvraj were pressed into the attack as the tourists could manage only 37 in the next 10 overs.

Yuvraj conceded 38 runs in his 10 overs and Harbhajan 47 in 10.

Pietersen went for big shots after completing his half-century, driving Harbhajan straight for a four and lofting the next delivery for a six.

The tourists lost a vital wicket in the same over when Collingwood was caught by Zaheer at long-on while attempting a big shot off Harbhajan, but Pietersen and Shah ensured their team crossed the 250-mark.

Kevin Pietersen props up England against India in cricket one-dayer

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Kevin Pietersen smashed an unbeaten century to help England post a competitive 270-4 in the fifth one-day international against India on Wednesday.

The England captain hit one six and 10 fours in his 128-ball knock for his seventh hundred in one-day internationals in a bid to help his team record its first win in the series.

India have already gained an unbeatable 4-0 lead in the seven-match series.

Pietersen held the innings together after both openers fell in the space of four overs. He added 89 for the third wicket with Paul Collingwood (40) and 112 for the fifth with Owais Shah (66 not out).

Shah hit nine fours in his 57-ball knock for a second successive half-century as England scored 74 runs in the last 10 overs.

England raced to 68 in the opening 10 overs after being put in to bat in the day-night match, losing openers Ravi Bopara (24) and Alastair Cook (11) in the process.

Left-arm seamer Zaheer Khan grabbed both the wickets in his three overs as he had Cook caught by Sachin Tendulkar at first slip before accounting for Bopara, caught at point by Yuvraj Singh.

The run-rate declined after off-spinner Harbhajan Singh and part-time spinner Yuvraj were pressed into the attack as the tourists could manage only 37 in the next 10 overs.

Yuvraj conceded 38 runs in his 10 overs and Harbhajan 47 in 10.

Pietersen went for big shots after completing his half-century, driving Harbhajan straight for a four and lofting the next delivery for a six.

The tourists lost a vital wicket in the same over when Collingwood was caught by Zaheer at long-on while attempting a big shot off Harbhajan, but Pietersen and Shah ensured their team crossed the 250-mark.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Andrew Symonds goes into bat to save Test cricket career

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After a day of soul-searching at home in Brisbane, the controversial allrounder flew to Adelaide where he explained his bar-room bust-up to Cricket Australia operations manager Michael Brown.

Symonds said before the meeting he looked forward to clearing his name and playing in the second Test against New Zealand at Adelaide Oval, beginning on Friday.

"I just want to go down to Adelaide and enjoy the cricket. That's all I really want to do," he said.

Brown has spent the past two days gathering information about what happened during Symonds' ill-fated night out at Brisbane's Normanby Hotel on Sunday night.

The investigation was expected to be completed when Symonds gave his version of what happened with a drunk patron, who allegedly tried to punch him.

This report was to be handed to CA chief executive James Sutherland, who would then make a ruling on whether Symonds' million-dollar CA contract was torn up.

It may be proved Symonds did not provoke the incident, but what has officials seething is that he was out drinking and had again put himself in a precarious situation.

It is understood captain Ricky Ponting and vice-captain Michael Clarke were also angry and felt let down that Symonds had again landed in trouble.

Clarke and Symonds had just started to repair their friendship after Symonds was dumped from the team, under Clarke's watch, for the "gone fishing" incident in August.

Symonds has reacted to this latest setback by declaring he could become a social recluse in a bid to avoid trouble.

Symonds' manager Matt Fearon said the 33-year-old was still working through his drinking and anger-management issues and said he might have to cut himself off from life outside of the team hotel.

"Maybe faced with the choice, it's not an option for him to be out socialising at this time," Fearon said.

"But they are the lessons he needs to continue to look at and make choices on.

"He regrets this, there is no question. There is no way he is happy about a situation like this happening.

"He is committed to working through personal issues. I don't know the full story here but sometimes he can deal with frustrating situations better than others.

"That's not a 10-minute project. It is an unfortunate situation, especially with the timing of it."

Symonds admitted last week alcohol had contributed to his poor behaviour, which led to him missing a team meeting and being sent home from Australia's Darwin series against Bangladesh in September.

Psychologist Phil Jauncey, who worked with Symonds on his rehabilitation after the "gone fishing" incident, was unaware of the latest drama until contacted yesterday.

Symonds, who said he had been dealing with a "stress-related illness", is believed to have recently consulted former sports psychologist Deirdre Anderson, who helped swimming great Ian Thorpe settle on retirement.

It was revealed yesterday Symonds went to the Normanby Hotel to drink with great mate Darren Lockyer, the Australian rugby league captain.

It's understood it was by chance that teammates Mitchell Johnson, Brad Haddin and Jason Krejza were also there, as were several other members of the Australian rugby league side.

It is believed that Symonds had had only a few drinks by the time the trouble erupted at 7pm.

Former Australian captain Allan Border, now a CA board member, said Symonds had to be smarter when out at night.

"Unfortunately for him he has a bit of a target on his head, so he is going to have to be careful," he said.

"It's sad that you can't go out and enjoy yourself after a Test-match win."

Andrew Symonds goes into bat to save Test cricket career

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After a day of soul-searching at home in Brisbane, the controversial allrounder flew to Adelaide where he explained his bar-room bust-up to Cricket Australia operations manager Michael Brown.

Symonds said before the meeting he looked forward to clearing his name and playing in the second Test against New Zealand at Adelaide Oval, beginning on Friday.

"I just want to go down to Adelaide and enjoy the cricket. That's all I really want to do," he said.

Brown has spent the past two days gathering information about what happened during Symonds' ill-fated night out at Brisbane's Normanby Hotel on Sunday night.

The investigation was expected to be completed when Symonds gave his version of what happened with a drunk patron, who allegedly tried to punch him.

This report was to be handed to CA chief executive James Sutherland, who would then make a ruling on whether Symonds' million-dollar CA contract was torn up.

It may be proved Symonds did not provoke the incident, but what has officials seething is that he was out drinking and had again put himself in a precarious situation.

It is understood captain Ricky Ponting and vice-captain Michael Clarke were also angry and felt let down that Symonds had again landed in trouble.

Clarke and Symonds had just started to repair their friendship after Symonds was dumped from the team, under Clarke's watch, for the "gone fishing" incident in August.

Symonds has reacted to this latest setback by declaring he could become a social recluse in a bid to avoid trouble.

Symonds' manager Matt Fearon said the 33-year-old was still working through his drinking and anger-management issues and said he might have to cut himself off from life outside of the team hotel.

"Maybe faced with the choice, it's not an option for him to be out socialising at this time," Fearon said.

"But they are the lessons he needs to continue to look at and make choices on.

"He regrets this, there is no question. There is no way he is happy about a situation like this happening.

"He is committed to working through personal issues. I don't know the full story here but sometimes he can deal with frustrating situations better than others.

"That's not a 10-minute project. It is an unfortunate situation, especially with the timing of it."

Symonds admitted last week alcohol had contributed to his poor behaviour, which led to him missing a team meeting and being sent home from Australia's Darwin series against Bangladesh in September.

Psychologist Phil Jauncey, who worked with Symonds on his rehabilitation after the "gone fishing" incident, was unaware of the latest drama until contacted yesterday.

Symonds, who said he had been dealing with a "stress-related illness", is believed to have recently consulted former sports psychologist Deirdre Anderson, who helped swimming great Ian Thorpe settle on retirement.

It was revealed yesterday Symonds went to the Normanby Hotel to drink with great mate Darren Lockyer, the Australian rugby league captain.

It's understood it was by chance that teammates Mitchell Johnson, Brad Haddin and Jason Krejza were also there, as were several other members of the Australian rugby league side.

It is believed that Symonds had had only a few drinks by the time the trouble erupted at 7pm.

Former Australian captain Allan Border, now a CA board member, said Symonds had to be smarter when out at night.

"Unfortunately for him he has a bit of a target on his head, so he is going to have to be careful," he said.

"It's sad that you can't go out and enjoy yourself after a Test-match win."

Monday, November 24, 2008

Cricket Newz: India beat England by 19 runs, seal the series

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India beat England by 19 runs (Duckworth Lewis method) in the fourth One-dayer at the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore to take an unassailable 4-0 lead in the seven-match series.

Chasing a victory target of 198 run in 22 overs, England managed 178/8 runs for their fourth consecutive defeat in the series.

Paul Collingwood (22) was the last English wicket to fall when he hit a Munaf Patel delivery to mid-wicket for Sachin Tendulkar to take the catch.

England were reduced to 161/6 when Samit Patel hit to mid-off for Gautam Gambhir to take the catch off Zaheer Khan.

England were in the game till they lost Andrew Flintoff and Owais Shah in successive overs to be reduced to 145/5 in 18 overs.

Ishant Sharma had Flintoff (41) caught at mid-off by Zaheer off a slower delivery in the over after Owais Shah's brilliant innings of 72 came to an end when he was dismissed by Zaheer. Flintoff hit 3 fours and a six in his knock.

Shah played across the line to a full toss and edged it high up in the air for Tendulkar to take the catch in the covers after hitting 9 fours and 3 sixes.

Flintoff joined Shah at the crease when England were reeling at 52/3 and put up 82 runs for the fourth wicket.

Ishant Sharma dismissed England captain Kevin Pietersen who was looking to cut the slower ball to third man, missed and was clean bowled.

Harbhajan Singh got India the second breakthrough by dismissing Ian Bell whose painful innings of 12 runs off 15 balls came to end when tried to slog sweep but missed the ball being early in the shot and was clean bowled.

Munaf Patel denied England a good start when he dismissed Ravi Bopara (1) in the second over. Bopara hit the shot wide of long on where Ishant Sharma dived to his right to take a splendid catch.

Earlier, India scored 166/4 in 22 overs giving England a victory target of 198 runs in 22 overs. The target has been revised according to Duckworth/Lewis method.

Virender Sehwag was dismissed for 69 in the second over after resumption of play to leave India at 124/2 in 19 overs.

Sehwag hit 9 fours and 3 sixes in his superb knock of 69 runs that came off 57 balls before he was caught at long on by James Anderson off Graeme Swann.

Gautam Gambhir hit seven fours in his 37-ball 40 and was dismissed by the same combination of Swann and Anderson.

Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni (9) hit a massive six to get off the mark but in an effort to lift the run rate was clean bowled by a yorker from Samit Patel.

Yuvraj Singh hit three massive sixes to score 25 runs off just 11 deliveries while Yusuf Pathan hit a six to end the Indian innings.

Due to two interruptions by rain, the umpires reduced the match to 22 overs per side.

The revised conditions meant that two bowlers can bowl maximum 5 overs and three bowlers can bowl maximum 4 overs. First powerplay will be of 4 overs, fielding and batting powerplays will be of 2 overs each.

India were 106/1 in 17 overs when rain stopped play for the second time.

Only three overs were possible when play resumed after the first rain interruption and that was enough for Sehwag to slam his 32nd ODI fifty off 48 balls.

Cricket Newz: India beat England by 19 runs, seal the series

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India beat England by 19 runs (Duckworth Lewis method) in the fourth One-dayer at the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore to take an unassailable 4-0 lead in the seven-match series.

Chasing a victory target of 198 run in 22 overs, England managed 178/8 runs for their fourth consecutive defeat in the series.

Paul Collingwood (22) was the last English wicket to fall when he hit a Munaf Patel delivery to mid-wicket for Sachin Tendulkar to take the catch.

England were reduced to 161/6 when Samit Patel hit to mid-off for Gautam Gambhir to take the catch off Zaheer Khan.

England were in the game till they lost Andrew Flintoff and Owais Shah in successive overs to be reduced to 145/5 in 18 overs.

Ishant Sharma had Flintoff (41) caught at mid-off by Zaheer off a slower delivery in the over after Owais Shah's brilliant innings of 72 came to an end when he was dismissed by Zaheer. Flintoff hit 3 fours and a six in his knock.

Shah played across the line to a full toss and edged it high up in the air for Tendulkar to take the catch in the covers after hitting 9 fours and 3 sixes.

Flintoff joined Shah at the crease when England were reeling at 52/3 and put up 82 runs for the fourth wicket.

Ishant Sharma dismissed England captain Kevin Pietersen who was looking to cut the slower ball to third man, missed and was clean bowled.

Harbhajan Singh got India the second breakthrough by dismissing Ian Bell whose painful innings of 12 runs off 15 balls came to end when tried to slog sweep but missed the ball being early in the shot and was clean bowled.

Munaf Patel denied England a good start when he dismissed Ravi Bopara (1) in the second over. Bopara hit the shot wide of long on where Ishant Sharma dived to his right to take a splendid catch.

Earlier, India scored 166/4 in 22 overs giving England a victory target of 198 runs in 22 overs. The target has been revised according to Duckworth/Lewis method.

Virender Sehwag was dismissed for 69 in the second over after resumption of play to leave India at 124/2 in 19 overs.

Sehwag hit 9 fours and 3 sixes in his superb knock of 69 runs that came off 57 balls before he was caught at long on by James Anderson off Graeme Swann.

Gautam Gambhir hit seven fours in his 37-ball 40 and was dismissed by the same combination of Swann and Anderson.

Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni (9) hit a massive six to get off the mark but in an effort to lift the run rate was clean bowled by a yorker from Samit Patel.

Yuvraj Singh hit three massive sixes to score 25 runs off just 11 deliveries while Yusuf Pathan hit a six to end the Indian innings.

Due to two interruptions by rain, the umpires reduced the match to 22 overs per side.

The revised conditions meant that two bowlers can bowl maximum 5 overs and three bowlers can bowl maximum 4 overs. First powerplay will be of 4 overs, fielding and batting powerplays will be of 2 overs each.

India were 106/1 in 17 overs when rain stopped play for the second time.

Only three overs were possible when play resumed after the first rain interruption and that was enough for Sehwag to slam his 32nd ODI fifty off 48 balls.

'Mahendra Singh Dhoni is super king of Indian cricket'

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The Indian Premier League franchisee Chennai Super Kings launched their "Kings Club" here as part of their brand-building exercise to attract committed loyalty from the team's supporters.

Speaking on the occasion, T.S. Raghupathy, executive president of India Cements, the owners of the Super Kings, said the Kings Club plans to offer incentives to its members by way of subsidised tickets for IPL home matches, merchandise endorsed by the players and other schemes such as personalised interaction, including exclusive photo sessions, with the players.

"The inaugural IPL earlier this year was a tremendous success and the fact that our team (Super Kings) reached the final added to the popularity of the team. By launching the Kings Club, we would like to offer the fans an opportunity to be a part of an exclusive community," he said.

The Super Kings plan to fully leverage the growing status of Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who captains the team as also the Indian squad for Tests and Twenty20. In his message to mark the occasion, Dhoni said: "I am happy about the launch of our official membership programme. I am sure you will find the club a great window to share the passion that we all have for the team."

Renowned percussionist Sivamani declared open the Kings Club and marked his presence with a rendition of the Super Kings' theme song. The Super Kings' brand ambassador Krishnamachari Srikkanth said Dhoni's stature was a huge factor in favour of the Chennai team.

Srikkanth said: "Mahendra Singh Dhoni is the Super King of Indian cricket and also the captain of the Super Kings." The presence of other foreign stars such as Matthew Hayden and Muttiah Muralitharan has given the team a high profile, he added.

"When we first launched the IPL, nobody knew what to expect, but I must say that the following for Super Kings has been fantastic. We want to leverage everything and the Kings Club is a starting point for our efforts to attract worldwide following," Srikkanth said.

'Mahendra Singh Dhoni is super king of Indian cricket'

http://www.ndtv.com/convergence/images/fullimage/Ver1/d/dhoni_ap1.jpg
The Indian Premier League franchisee Chennai Super Kings launched their "Kings Club" here as part of their brand-building exercise to attract committed loyalty from the team's supporters.

Speaking on the occasion, T.S. Raghupathy, executive president of India Cements, the owners of the Super Kings, said the Kings Club plans to offer incentives to its members by way of subsidised tickets for IPL home matches, merchandise endorsed by the players and other schemes such as personalised interaction, including exclusive photo sessions, with the players.

"The inaugural IPL earlier this year was a tremendous success and the fact that our team (Super Kings) reached the final added to the popularity of the team. By launching the Kings Club, we would like to offer the fans an opportunity to be a part of an exclusive community," he said.

The Super Kings plan to fully leverage the growing status of Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who captains the team as also the Indian squad for Tests and Twenty20. In his message to mark the occasion, Dhoni said: "I am happy about the launch of our official membership programme. I am sure you will find the club a great window to share the passion that we all have for the team."

Renowned percussionist Sivamani declared open the Kings Club and marked his presence with a rendition of the Super Kings' theme song. The Super Kings' brand ambassador Krishnamachari Srikkanth said Dhoni's stature was a huge factor in favour of the Chennai team.

Srikkanth said: "Mahendra Singh Dhoni is the Super King of Indian cricket and also the captain of the Super Kings." The presence of other foreign stars such as Matthew Hayden and Muttiah Muralitharan has given the team a high profile, he added.

"When we first launched the IPL, nobody knew what to expect, but I must say that the following for Super Kings has been fantastic. We want to leverage everything and the Kings Club is a starting point for our efforts to attract worldwide following," Srikkanth said.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Who will Tendulkar replace?

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Nearly nine months out of the one-day game, and into his 20th year of international cricket. The Sachin Tendulkar caravan just rumbles on, and it'll give England something different to think about as they seek to stay alive in this seven-match series. After playing a significant role in India's 2-0 Test series win over Australia, Tendulkar opted for some rest, but Bangalore's Chinnaswamy Stadium will see his return to non-IPL coloured clothes.

A man with 42 centuries and 16,361 runs should never have to prove anything, but it'll be interesting to see how India re-jig their batting order to accommodate the man who redefined the opener's role in limited-overs cricket. Some have been relentless accumulators, others impetuous destroyers. Tendulkar has combined both qualities to devastating effect ever since that Auckland morning when India decided to take a punt on him at the top of the order.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni gave every indication on Saturday afternoon that Tendulkar will open with Virender Sehwag, with Gautam Gambhir moving down to the No.3 slot that he made his own during the CB Series in Australia earlier this year.

"I prefer it, if Sachin would open with Sehwag. We have tried that and you can say that is an option," said Dhoni. "Yes, tampering with a successful line-up is something you have to think twice before doing, but you also have to see the quality of the player coming in.

"Sachin needed a bit of rest and he is the person who knows his body the best. We want him to play as long as possible and whenever he is available he should play. He has played his part in Indian cricket and it's up to the upcoming players to get the most out of him. The more he plays, the more it benefits the youngsters."

While some murmurs will be raised about the wisdom behind breaking up a pair - Sehwag and Gambhir - that have had so much success in recent times in both forms of the game, there's no denying that Tendulkar and Sehwag have quite a history. In 83 games together, they have combined for 10 century partnerships and 11 in excess of 50 while averaging 37.93. The only reason the duo didn't attract more attention was because Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly were such an institution - 26 three-figure partnerships in 176 games.

Where does this leave a squad that's won three games on the bounce though? Most captains are loathe to change a winning formula, except for reasons of fatigue, and it'll be illuminating to see whether Dhoni accommodates both Tendulkar and Irfan Pathan - one of the subjects of an alleged selection skirmish after the Kanpur game - in the XI. It's hard to see how Pathan can come in unless Zaheer Khan is given a rest after his recent labours. Munaf Patel has just struck a nice rhythm after being an onlooker for the Australia Tests, and Ishant Sharma will be eying some overs in the middle with a Test series to come next month.

Whose place does Tendulkar take though? Gambhir is comfortable batting anywhere in the top three, while Tendulkar's preference for opening has been well-documented. The man almost certain to miss out is Rohit Sharma, whose recent form has been indifferent at best. In 14 games dating back to the Asia Cup, Rohit averages 20.90, with just one half-century. Suresh Raina has averaged 44.38 in the same period and played some crucial knocks. His effervescence in the field - not that Rohit is a slouch - should also help him keep his place.

The last time Tendulkar and Sehwag opened together, at Sydney against Australia, they aggregated 19. Sehwag took no further in that series [he had made just 81 from five innings] while Tendulkar finished it in spectacular fashion, with innings of 117 not out and 92 sealing a famous Indian triumph. Robin Uthappa, who will no doubt be watching keenly on Sunday, opened with him then, as India decided not to go for a left-right combination.

The behind-the-scenes shenanigans, aptly described as "disgusting" by Dhoni, are a distraction that this India team could have done without. There certainly won't be any complacency on England's part though Kevin Pietersen and his bowlers won't be overly dismayed to see him. Though Andy Caddick and a couple of others might have the odd nightmare about bowling to him, Tendulkar hasn't been as prolific against England as he has against others. Though he averages 42.46 over 34 games, only one of those 42 centuries has come against them.

Bangalore hasn't been a happy hunting ground of late either, with his last two outings fetching 2 and a blob. Provided the rain stays away though, all that could just be ancient history for a man who has spent his entire career breaking new ground.

Who will Tendulkar replace?

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Nearly nine months out of the one-day game, and into his 20th year of international cricket. The Sachin Tendulkar caravan just rumbles on, and it'll give England something different to think about as they seek to stay alive in this seven-match series. After playing a significant role in India's 2-0 Test series win over Australia, Tendulkar opted for some rest, but Bangalore's Chinnaswamy Stadium will see his return to non-IPL coloured clothes.

A man with 42 centuries and 16,361 runs should never have to prove anything, but it'll be interesting to see how India re-jig their batting order to accommodate the man who redefined the opener's role in limited-overs cricket. Some have been relentless accumulators, others impetuous destroyers. Tendulkar has combined both qualities to devastating effect ever since that Auckland morning when India decided to take a punt on him at the top of the order.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni gave every indication on Saturday afternoon that Tendulkar will open with Virender Sehwag, with Gautam Gambhir moving down to the No.3 slot that he made his own during the CB Series in Australia earlier this year.

"I prefer it, if Sachin would open with Sehwag. We have tried that and you can say that is an option," said Dhoni. "Yes, tampering with a successful line-up is something you have to think twice before doing, but you also have to see the quality of the player coming in.

"Sachin needed a bit of rest and he is the person who knows his body the best. We want him to play as long as possible and whenever he is available he should play. He has played his part in Indian cricket and it's up to the upcoming players to get the most out of him. The more he plays, the more it benefits the youngsters."

While some murmurs will be raised about the wisdom behind breaking up a pair - Sehwag and Gambhir - that have had so much success in recent times in both forms of the game, there's no denying that Tendulkar and Sehwag have quite a history. In 83 games together, they have combined for 10 century partnerships and 11 in excess of 50 while averaging 37.93. The only reason the duo didn't attract more attention was because Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly were such an institution - 26 three-figure partnerships in 176 games.

Where does this leave a squad that's won three games on the bounce though? Most captains are loathe to change a winning formula, except for reasons of fatigue, and it'll be illuminating to see whether Dhoni accommodates both Tendulkar and Irfan Pathan - one of the subjects of an alleged selection skirmish after the Kanpur game - in the XI. It's hard to see how Pathan can come in unless Zaheer Khan is given a rest after his recent labours. Munaf Patel has just struck a nice rhythm after being an onlooker for the Australia Tests, and Ishant Sharma will be eying some overs in the middle with a Test series to come next month.

Whose place does Tendulkar take though? Gambhir is comfortable batting anywhere in the top three, while Tendulkar's preference for opening has been well-documented. The man almost certain to miss out is Rohit Sharma, whose recent form has been indifferent at best. In 14 games dating back to the Asia Cup, Rohit averages 20.90, with just one half-century. Suresh Raina has averaged 44.38 in the same period and played some crucial knocks. His effervescence in the field - not that Rohit is a slouch - should also help him keep his place.

The last time Tendulkar and Sehwag opened together, at Sydney against Australia, they aggregated 19. Sehwag took no further in that series [he had made just 81 from five innings] while Tendulkar finished it in spectacular fashion, with innings of 117 not out and 92 sealing a famous Indian triumph. Robin Uthappa, who will no doubt be watching keenly on Sunday, opened with him then, as India decided not to go for a left-right combination.

The behind-the-scenes shenanigans, aptly described as "disgusting" by Dhoni, are a distraction that this India team could have done without. There certainly won't be any complacency on England's part though Kevin Pietersen and his bowlers won't be overly dismayed to see him. Though Andy Caddick and a couple of others might have the odd nightmare about bowling to him, Tendulkar hasn't been as prolific against England as he has against others. Though he averages 42.46 over 34 games, only one of those 42 centuries has come against them.

Bangalore hasn't been a happy hunting ground of late either, with his last two outings fetching 2 and a blob. Provided the rain stays away though, all that could just be ancient history for a man who has spent his entire career breaking new ground.