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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

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Chance for youngsters to step up and perform: Raina

Mumbai, May 31 (PTI): Stand-in India captain Suresh Raina feels that the absence of senior cricketers during the ODI series in the Caribbean will be an ideal opportunity for those who did well in domestic cricket to show their performance at the international level.

"It's a great opportunity for the youngsters who have done well in domestic cricket. I hope they will do well," said the 25-year-old Raina at the pre-departure media conference of the team on Tuesday sitting alongside newly-appointed chief coach Duncan Fletcher.

The Indian team will be playing in the ODIs without Gautam Gambhir, prolific opener Virender Sehwag, man-of-the-tournament in the World Cup Yuvraj Singh - all of whom are out with injuries. Regular skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Sachin Tendulkar and senior pacer Zaheer Khan have been rested keeping in mind the gruelling two and a half month tour of England that starts in July.

"I am really honoured to be leading the side. I am happy with the side as we have some very good batsmen in Rohit Sharma, Manoj Tiwary, S Badrinath, Shikhar Dhawan all of whom have done well in first-class cricket."

"Badrinath especially has done well in first-class cricket and deserves to be in the team. I hope we will do well in the West Indies," said Raina who will hand over the reins to Dhoni when he returns for the three-Test series to be held after the conclusion of the five ODIs.

The Indians start the tour with a lone T20 international at Port of Spain on June 4.
Coach Fletcher said he had followed the rotation system when he was the England coach and received criticism from the authorities.

The burly Zimbabwean wants to go slow about this supposed rotation policy.

"While I was in England, I started the rotation policy resting senior guys. I was heavily criticised by the English authorities. It's important to do that considering the heavy schedule. We need to look into the matter as we go into the future," said the Zimbabwe-born Fletcher for whom it will be his first assignment as the Indian team's coach after taking over from his protege Gary Kirsten after the World Cup.

"There is a lot of talent in India and my job is to prepare these youngsters. It's a pleasure to blood them in ODIs," said Fletcher.

Asked about the club-versus-country debate, Fletcher said it's not specific to cricket.

"That's the way it is in modern day sports. We have to ensure that all the players are fit enough," he said.
Raina said the Indian team had done very well over the last three years, having climbed to the top among Test nations and winning the World Cup after 28 years.

"There's always pressure and we have done well under pressure. We have done well over the last three years and have won the World Cup. It's for us as players to execute the plans of the coach well. We have to play our natural game," he said.

Fletcher did not see the trip as an easy outing though the West Indies are not the same force they were in 70's and 80's.

"Any team playing at home is difficult to beat. We should not be complacent," said the new coach who said he intended not to look too far ahead in his job.

Fletcher admitted that beating England and Australia in their den will be the biggest challenge but as of now the focus is on the Caribbean tour.

"Yes, we would like to beat England in England and Australia in Australia. But the first job is the tour of West Indies. It's very important not to look too far down the road. India have a plan to stay at the top. The young players have the potential and this tour will show the depth of talent we have," he said.

Raina said the West Indies had some good all-rounders in Kieron Pollard and Dwayne Bravo.
Asked about the likely return of Chris Gayle after the first two ODIs for which he had been left out, the southpaw said his team has Ravichandran Ashwin to counter the threat from the West Indian opener.
"We have Ashwin. It's a good challenge for us," said Raina about his Chennai Super Kings teammate's success-rate in the just-concluded IPL against Gayle.

He credited Anil Kumble, Rahul Dravid and Dhoni for learning the ropes of captaincy.
"I learnt a lot about captaincy from Anil Kumble, Rahul Dravid and Dhoni. They have captained with a lot of honesty," he said.

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PCB issues show cause notice to Afridi

Pakistan Cricket Board on Tuesday came hard on controversial former captain, Shahid Afridi and issued a show cause notice to him for announcing retirement in protest against the Board accusing it of humiliating him.

Besides Afridi’s central contract has been suspended with immediate effect. Consequently, all NOCs granted to him have been revoked and all payments on account of Central Contract have been suspended.

“He was in breach of players code of conduct and that is why he has been issued a show cause notice for his criticism on PCB and its present set up”, said Chairman, COB, Mohammad Ijaz Butt.

PCB Chief avoided a volley of questions from awaiting media as soon as he came out of his office at Gadaffi stadium, confining himself to a short statement.

“PCB is authorised to get an explanation from him (Afridi) the way he has acted while announcing his retirement from the game”, he said.

An emotional and charged Afridi announced his resignation last night in London saying “ There is nothing bigger than a man’s respect, and the way the board has treated me, there is a limit to everything,”

“Whatever decision he has made, PCB has accepted it”, said Chairman PCB.

When Ijaz Butt’s attention was drawn to the statement of Afridi in which he said that he was ready to reverse his decision if and when a new board comes into power, the Chairman PCB welcomed it by saying “ We have no objection on it he can give it a try for a hundred times “.

Later in the evening ,PCB in a statement said that PCB has initiated action against Afridi in response to the following breaches he has committed under the Central Contract signed with PCB: By announcing his retirement in the manner that he did Shahid Afridi is in breach of Clause 2.1.4 of the Central Contract dealing with Covenants of the Cricketer.

In passing disparaging remarks about the board and its officials Afridi is in breach of Clause 4.4 dealing with Media obligations,

Following disciplinary actions have been initiated against Afridi by PCB:A show cause notice has been issued to him seeking his explanation on these comments. Afridi has been asked to respond to the letter within 7 days of receipt of the same.

His Central Contract has been suspended with immediate effect. Consequently, all NOCs granted to him have been revoked and all payments on account of Central Contract have been suspended.

Meanwhile, former test cricketers blamed Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for mishandling Shahid Afridi issue which led to his retirement from international cricket.

Former Chief Selector and left arm spinner Iqbal Qasim, ex- wicketkeeper/batsman Salim Yousuf and ex-test paceman Jalaliddin said poor handling of issue created another embarassment for PCB and Pakistan cricket.

“I think Afridi shouldn’t have crossed the line at first. But if he had made the mistake being the captain, PCB should have handled it in proper professional manner,” Iqbal Qasim told APP in a reaction to Shahid Afridi’s retirement from international cricket on Tuesday.

“Pakistan cricket is already suffering from various problems and PCB-Afridi issue made us laughing stock in the world,” he said.

Iqbal Qasim, who had taken 999 wickets in first class cricket said, Afridi is an aggressive player and carries the same nature when he comes into media. He said Afridi, soon after arrival from West Indies should have met PCB Chairman Ijaz Butt to explain his position and other problems and sorted the issue internally.

He said Shahid Afridi definitely led Pakistan from the front during the Cricket World Cup and 21 wickets were key to take his team into the semifinals.

Shahid Afridi went through lean patch during the Caribbean trip where he could manage to score only 28 runs and just two wickets in five match One-day International series.

He also expressed his surprise to see veteran Intikhab Alam handling the issue then and there in West Indies.

“Afridi’s sacking as a skipper hurt his ego which eventually led to conformation, he commented.

Iqbal Qasim expressed the hope that PCB will not allow the situation got out of hand.

Former Pakistan Test paceman Jalaluddin blamed PCB and touring manangement for handling the issue poorly that eventually caused furore.

“Incomptency within PCB is the main problem which has taken Pakistan cricket beyond repair,” he commented. He said board is lacking in consistency in all policy matters as reflected during the past three years.

Salim Yousuf said PCB’s decisions in the past one year had been very inconsistent as they reverted many of them which created doubts in the mind of keen cricket followers.

He described the present PCB set-up as weak decision maker which caused more indiscipline in the cricket.

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Durrani, Tendulkar receive awards

Sachin Tendulkar picked up the Polly Umrigar award (outstanding Indian cricketer) for the second time and thanked his teammates for making it possible.

Former India all-rounder Salim Durrani, nominated for the C.K. Nayudu Lifetime Achievement award, expressed his joy at India's World Cup wins under Kapil Dev and M.S. Dhoni. He was speaking at the BCCI awards ceremony for 2009-2010, held against the backdrop of India's amazing WC 2011 victory which sparked nationwide celebrations.

Dhoni and his mates from the WC squad were called on stage to receive their incentives. Kapil was among the cricket achievers in the audience, among whom were former India captains and a few 1983 squad members.

“We thank the people for their support, not only all over India, but all over the world. The win would not have been possible without support from teammates, without the system from u-16 onwards through which all of us have passed,” said Dhoni.


Tendulkar, recipient of the Polly Umrigar Trophy in 2006-2007 and again this time, said: “Winning back this trophy happened due to my fellow members of the Indian squad. The World Cup win was made possible due to their efforts under the able leadership of M.S. Dhoni and help from the support staff.”

Durrani congratulated Team India and wished the new team headed for the West Indies does well. He received a trophy and cheque for Rs. 15 lakh from BCCI president Shashank Manohar.

Tendulkar received a trophy and cheque for Rs 5 lakh from Mr. Manohar and BCCI secretary N. Srinivasan.

Dhoni and squad got Rs 2 crore each, while the support staff, starting with coach Gary Kirsten up to the yoga trainer, were presented Rs 50 lakh each.

Award winners (2009-2010): Salim Durrani – C.K. Nayudu Lifetime Achievement award; Sachin Tendulkar - Polly Umrigar award; Manish Pandey (KSCA) - Madhavrao Scindia award for highest Ranji scorer; Abhimanyu Mithun (KSCA) - Madhavrao Scindia award for highest Ranji wicket-taker.

B. Aparajith (TNCA) - M.A. Chidambaram Trophy for best u-16 player; Bhargav Merai (GCA) - M.A. Chidambaram Trophy for best u-19 player; Nataraj Behera (OCA) - M.A. Chidambaram Trophy for best u-22 player.

M.D. Thirushkamini (TNCA) - M.A. Chidambaram Trophy for best woman player; Reva Arora (PCA) - M.A. Chidambaram Trophy for best junior woman player.

K. Hariharan - Best umpire in domestic cricket.

Maharashtra Cricket Association - Best overall performance in 2009-2010.

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Monday, May 30, 2011

Dennis Lille's keeper, and losing from 500

Is it true that only one wicketkeeper other than Rodney Marsh assisted Dennis Lillee in a Test dismissal? asked Bob Langford from AustraliaThe answer is yes - the only other wicketkeeper to take a catch off Lillee in a Test was Tasmania's Roger Woolley, in a match against Sri Lanka in Kandy in April 1983. He caught Sidath Wettimuny in the first innings and the other opener, Susil Fernando, in the second. Marsh took 95 catches off Lillee - still the record for a fielder-bowler combination in Tests - but he was unavailable for that short tour, although he hadn't quite retired.

Woolley, a fine keeper who was unfortunate that his career coincided with Marsh's, won one further Test cap, in the West Indies early in 1984. He was the first Tasmania player to represent Australia in a Test since Laurie Nash in 1931-32.

Which team was once 353 for 1 at the end of the opening day of a first-class match, yet lost by an innings? asked Michael Jones via Facebook I was intrigued by this question, and had just found the answer when it was posted by another avid Facebook user, Pete Church from Australia. The game in question was an English County Championship match in Northampton in 1995, when Nottinghamshire were riding high at 353 for 1 at the end of the first day.

Tim Robinson (who went on to make 209) and Graeme Archer (158) had put on nearly 300. Nottinghamshire reached 527 next day - but Northamptonshire replied with 781 for 7, including four individual centuries, before declaring. Probably rather surprised to find themselves 254 behind, Notts were bowled out on the fourth and final day for 157 (Anil Kumble had the fine figures of 39.1-21-43-5) and lost by an innings and 97. Nottinghamshire's 527 remains the highest total in first-class history by a team who ended up losing by an innings. Wisden reported that "Northamptonshire's victory, achieved with 17 balls to spare, went beyond the merely extraordinary into the realms of the apparently impossible."

I assume that Murali has the most wickets in England-Sri Lanka Tests. But who's next? asked Jonathan Dwyer from Surrey

Muttiah Muralitharan does indeed lead the way in England-Sri Lanka Tests, with 112 wickets in only 16 matches at the splendid average of 20.06. That included four ten-wicket hauls, foremost among them his 16 for 220 at The Oval in 1998. Murali actually has more than twice as many wickets as anyone else: next comes his long-time confederate Chaminda Vaas, who took 49 wickets against England at 31.36 apiece. In third place is the leading Englishman, Matthew Hoggard, with 37 at 29.86.

Taufeeq Umar scored a Test century against West Indies almost eight years after his last one. Is this a record gap? asked Mahela Silva from Sri Lanka

Taufeeq Umar, whose previous Test century to last week's 135 against West Indies in St Kitts was 111 against South Africa in Lahore in October 2003, is quite high on this particular list - but not quite at the top. The longest gap between Test centuries is just short of 14 years, by the Australian Warren Bardsley: after his 164 against South Africa at Lord's in July 1912, his next Test century did not come until June 1926, when he carried his bat for 193 against England, again at Lord's. That gap included the First World War, and the longest between Test centuries when no war was involved is almost 10 years, by another Australian, Bob Simpson. He made 109 against India in Melbourne on New Year's Day, 1968, shortly before his original retirement from Test cricket. But he made a surprise return 10 seasons later to lead an Australian side ravaged by defections to World Series Cricket, and - playing India again - made 176 in his second Test back, in Perth in December 1977.

Has anyone ever finished on the winning side in 100 Test matches? And who's the record-holder for ODIs? asked Keith Clarke from London

No one has won 100 Test matches… yet. Top of the list is Ricky Ponting, who has so far finished on the winning side on 99 occasions. Next come Shane Warne (92), Steve Waugh (86), Glenn McGrath (84), Adam Gilchrist (73), Mark Waugh (72), Matthew Hayden (71), Justin Langer (70) and - the first non-Australian - Mark Boucher (70). Ponting also leads the way in one-day internationals, having finished on the winning side on 254 occasions so far. Next come Sanath Jayasuriya (233), Sachin Tendulkar (230), Inzamam-ul-Haq (215), Adam Gilchrist and Muttiah Muralitharan (202) and Jacques Kallis (201). The current leader in Twenty20 internationals is Shahid Afridi, with 26, one ahead of his team-mate Kamran Akmal.

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Shahid Afridi quits to international cricket

Shahid Khan Afridi Monday announced retirement from international cricket.

Sources said Afridi’s disagreement with Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) over his statement against coach Waqar Younis resulted in his early retirement. He said it was hard for him to play under a cricket board, which pays no respect to senior players. “I cannot work with the people who find it difficult to tolerate statements in favour of cricket,” he said, adding that the duty of a coach is to work for the welfare and in favour of team.
“It is nothing short of an honour for me that Pakistan played world cup semifinal under my captaincy,” he stated.

Afridi, 31, had quit Test cricket last year after leading Pakistan to defeat in the first Test in England, but remained an integral part of the limited-overs sides, which he continued to lead until the recent tour of the West Indies.

He was, however, axed as captain despite Pakistan’s 3-2 success in the ODI series, and replaced by Misbah-ul-Haq who has been in charge of the Test side as well.

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Leg-spinner had mixed innings

Terry Jenner was a colourful and very watchable cricketer. He was jailed for embezzlement but later sealed his rehabilitation by becoming a guru to the leading leg-spinner of the modern age, Shane Warne. Jenner was down-to-earth, matey, sometimes argumentative, yet always interesting, whether he was passing judgment on the day's play, penning some heartfelt verse or challenging a point of view.

Jenner was born in Perth but grew up in the bush town of Corrigin, where his father ran a shop. At 18, he attracted attention by bowling English captain Ted Dexter with a googly during net practice at the Western Australian Cricket Association. A year later, he was in the state team, tossing a strongly spun ball high in the air and also trying to do justice to his keen batsmanship. After four moderate seasons, he moved to South Australia, where he prospered for 10 more seasons.

Jenner paired well with his close mate, Ashley Mallett, an off-spinner, and they had much joint success at Adelaide Oval, none more thrilling than when Jenner bowled Garry Sobers. His first Test cap came at Brisbane in 1970-71 against the ascendant England team. Dropped for the next four Tests, he returned for the Ashes decider at Sydney, where he sustained a nasty head wound as he ducked into a ball from John Snow and retired for a time.
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Jenner played against the Rest of the World side that toured Australia in 1971-72 in lieu of a cancelled visit by South Africa. He bowled bravely to Sobers during his classic 254, tossing the ball high with varying spin, but was disappointed to miss the tour of England that followed.

Compensation came with a tour of the West Indies. There, in his four Tests, Jenner's intelligent bowling was rewarded, most notably in the final contest in Trinidad, where he took 5/90. He ran into trouble, however, when the tour manager accused him (wrongly) of manhandling a woman at the farewell party. He was convinced this was used as an excuse to keep him out of the Australian team for some time to come.
Jenner played in two Tests at home against England in '74-75 and put in a notable innings at Adelaide.

He missed the 1975 tour of England, expressed his disappointment in a newspaper and was reprimanded by the chairman of the Australian Cricket Board, Sir Donald Bradman. Some months later, Jenner played the last of his nine Tests. A further blow came when he failed to attract a lucrative World Series contract in 1977. He continued to articulate his frustration and suspicions. Gambling became a fixation and he drank a lot. In 1988, he was jailed in Adelaide for embezzlement but was released after serving less than two years of a six-year sentence.

Then the rehab began and the young fellow with long sideburns took up writing poetry and assumed an almost aldermanic appearance. He eventually found a sort of security in coaching, both in Australia and England, and commentating on the game for ABC Radio.

The counsel he gave Warne unquestionably added to the spinner's effectiveness, not least as he recovered from a shoulder injury.
He is survived by his second wife, Ann, a daughter, Trudianne, and a granddaughter, Ashlea.

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No T20 cricket Champions League guarantee

New Zealand's champion Twenty20 team is no longer guaranteed a spot at the rich Champions League, potentially costing each major association thousands of dollars in guaranteed revenue.

Auckland Cricket Association chief executive Andrew Eade said a four-team qualifying tournament in Sri Lanka in mid-September was all but confirmed. IPL chief executive Sundar Raman spilt the beans in a recent Twitter posting.

That would involve the New Zealand champions [Auckland], along with the top Sri Lankan and West Indies sides, and the fourth-placed Indian Premier League team [the Kolkata Knight Riders]. The top two sides would qualify for the main 10-team tournament, scheduled to start on September 23 in India.

"The rumours are getting stronger and stronger, we're just awaiting official confirmation that it's actually going to happen," Eade said yesterday.

"Obviously we're disappointed. The opportunity for us to play in the full tournament is a fantastic one, but if we have to qualify then so be it. If we are at full strength we have got a pretty formidable side."

Eade understood the shift was to try and involve a fourth IPL team to broaden the tournament's appeal to the Indian audience. New Zealand's T20 champions contested the first two Champions League tournaments but didn't win a match.

Otago lost both their matches in 2009 and Central Districts were winless from four group matches in South Africa last year.

Still, it was lucrative for NZ Cricket, with the five non-participating major associations each banking around $65,000 last year from their agreed share of the participation fee. Central received double that figure under the agreement.

Eade was confident a participation fee would still be paid for the qualifying tournament but prizemoney, which was guaranteed for every team in the main tournament, might not be.

"There's no way a New Zealand side could afford to go over there if it had to pay its own way, and I'm absolutely certain that [participation fee] will still happen. They won't pull the rug totally out there. Obviously the prizemoney is less likely."

Players' Association boss Heath Mills told the Sunday Star-Times that Central's players were awaiting their share of up to $250,000 from last year's tournament.

Eade expected the ACA would receive about $10,000 in their agreed cut of the prizemoney, which was being held up by Indian

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On cricket turf Vilasrao Deshmukh challenges Sharad Pawar

Embattled former chief minister Vilasrao Deshmukh of the Congress will take on his arch political rival, NCP president and Union agriculture minister Sharad Pawar, on the cricket turf.

Deshmukh, now Union minister for rural development, is all set to run for president of the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) against Pawar, who has been holding the post for over a decade. "I don't know if Pawar is contesting, but I do plan to throw my hat into the ring," Deshmukh told TOI.

Pawar was first elected MCA president in 2001. The MCA constitution bars its office-bearers from holding a post for eight consecutive years. However, the MCA amended its constitution solely for the benefit of Pawar. As a result, his tenure remains unaffected. "Since Pawar was in the process of being elected ICC president and Mumbai was hosting the World Cup final, the MCA amended the constitution to ensure that he continues to rule the governing body of cricket in Mumbai. The controversial resolution was strongly opposed by only one member," a senior MCA member said.

Although Pawar is yet to take a final call on his candidature, a week ago his supporters had a prolonged meeting to draft a strategy for the MCA polls.

"All the members at the meeting declared their support for Pawar's candidature. We feel that under Pawar's leadership, the MCA, which was in a deep financial crisis, has come out of the red," the MCA member said.

He added that Pawar himself had convened a meeting of all club members to assess their views on his candidature. "Pawar has invited all the members for the special meeting, where he is expected to spell out his plan. In the event of Deshmukh remaining firm on his candidature, Pawar may withdraw from the fray, since he (Pawar) is keen on an unanimous election," he said.

Along with Pawar and Deshmukh, former Test cricketer Dilip Vengsarkar too is likely to enter the fray. In fact, a section of MCA members feel that in view of his contribution to cricket, MCA should be create a special post of executive president for him.

Besides Sharad Pawar and Deshmukh, former chief ministers Manohar Joshi, Narayan Rane, public works minister Chhagan Bhujbal, NCP leader Jeetendra Awhad and BJP leader Ashish Shelar comprise the 330-odd club nominees. As per MCA rules, the nominees of the 330 clubs registered with it are eligible to participate in the voting.

In the event that Deshmukh finally decides to contest the polls, it will he his first attempt to settle scores with Pawar. "Deshmukh believes that the NCP, particularly Pawar, was responsible for his unceremonious removal from the CM's post in the wake of the 26/11 terror attack on Mumbai. As the NCP had sacked home minister R R Patil , the Congress had no option but to ask Deshmukh to quit," a senior Congress minister said.

The Pawar camp is making all-out efforts to stall the entry of Deshmukh, since they feel that if he is elected, he will not hesitate to order a high-level probe into MCA's major decisions, particularly the repair of the Wankhede statidum and construction of the MCA cricket academy in the Bandra-Kurla Complex. "Doubts have already been raised over the huge amount spent on repairs of Wankhede stadium and construction of the cricket academy on a build-operate-transfer basis. If Deshmukh takes over the reins of MCA, he is sure to order a probe," he said.

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Great Bowling By Simon Jones and Get Wicket of Clark

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Sunday, May 29, 2011

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Sachin Tendulkar tops charts amongst Godrej Powerplay fans

As the IPL fever reaches its climax, more and more Indians are not only forming their own fantasy leagues but also changing and swapping players to create their winning dream team on Godrej Powerplay – a unique customer engagement initiative powered by Customer Centria.

PowerPlay has taken the offline fun of cricket online and also takes consumer loyalty initiatives to the next level, which enables the customers to have fun even while purchasing Godrej products. Extending the boundaries of consumer engagement with cricket, Godrej PowerPlay was launched alongside IPL season 4. A quantum leap in terms of consumer empowerment, it marries the passion for cricket with Godrej products, both ubiquitous and inescapable in the Indian context.

As per Customer Centria’s analytics arm, the response to PowerPlay has been overwhelming, and as IPL progresses, the number of product registrations has been increasing. The blasting Yusuf Pathan tops the list in terms of registrations. He has been registered more than 30,000 times on Godrej PowerPlay suggesting both the popularity of the player and associated product.

On the other hand, the ever-reliable Sachin Tendulkar is a favourite when it comes to maximum swaps i.e. more than 1100 times, closely followed by fellow teammate Lasith Malinga with 996 swaps. Sachin Tendulkar also has the highest value of a whooping 93 crores. Whereas, Shaun Marsh and Jacques Kallis display maximum increase in values – over 7 crores till date, implying that these players have outperformed basis initial expectations.

Customer Centria’s analytics arm monitors each players’ match-by-match IPL performance, overseeing their value in the digital world in real-time, to facilitate users’ decisions. Powerplay has taken India’s passion for the game, from the pitch to the homes of consumers, thus adding fuel to an already raging fire.

The terms of the game are simple – Buy a Godrej product, log onto Godrej PowerPlay and register it and get access to cricketers associated with those products for your kitty (club). Subject to the respective cricketers’ performance through the IPL, the customers are rewarded through discounts on purchases and exciting real-life prizes! Swapping players is another interesting option to boost that dream team. The concept of swapping breeds excitement into the game since the value associated to each player changes in proportion to his IPL performance and the users would want to have the in-form players in their team.

From a consumers perspective, PowerPlay doesn’t actually end with the IPL since the most loyal consumers who created their dream team and not only played the engaging cricket game but outperformed others, are eligible to get amazing prizes. These include discounts on future purchases and a mega prize of trip to London!

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Still Waiting Cricketers On $250 thousand tournament Pay Out

New Zealand cricket players may refuse to play in the next Champions League Twenty-20 tournament with Central Districts still waiting on a pay out of almost $250 thousand.

The tournament which was held eight months ago is jointly run by the boards of Australia, South Africa and India with Central Districts qualifying as the New Zealand entrant.

While the CD players have received their participation fees they're still waiting on the prizemoney they earnt, despite coming last at the tournament.

The chief executive of the Cricket Players Association Heath Mills says the situation doesn't reflect well on the three boards involved.

Of the almost $250 thousand still owed half will go to the Central District players while the remainder is split between the Central Districts association and other five major cricket associations.

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Indian Premier League 4

With the Chennai Super Kings lifting the trophy, the fourth season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) came to an end with its usual fanfare and glamour. And even though people cribbed about an overdose of cricket with IPL just after the high-voltage World Cup, it sure had its moments. We bring you some reasons why you'll surely remember IPL 4...

We're like walking porn

Mumbai Indians cheerleader Gabriella Pasqualotto was fired from the cheerleading squad when she blogged about some cricketers' flirtatious behaviour at the IPL after-parties. The cheerleaders were treated as 'pieces of meat' and she felt like 'walking porn', wrote Gabriella. But she didn't fail to praise a few Indian players for their politeness.

Fan falls at Dada's feet

After the humiliating no-bid by Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), Sourav Ganguly's fans jumped with joy when it was announced that Dada would play for the Pune Warriors. And some fans just couldn't control their happiness, and took it to another level. During a match between Pune Warriors and Deccan Chargers in Hyderabad, an overwhelmed fan in a major security breach, came on to the pitch to touch his feet and just wouldn't let go.

Love on the stands

At this IPL fans didn't know where to look - at the field where all the gaming action was, or on the stands where all the 'real' action was taking place. Liz Hurley and Shane Warne were spotted locking lips after some of the Rajasthan Royals matches, and actress Deepika Padukone was seen kissing 'just friend' Siddharth Mallya in public after an Royal Challengers Bangalore match.

Cheerleaders in Indian attire

Pune Warriors wanted nrityanganas or 'cheer queens' instead of cheerleaders. So, designer Neeta Lulla was hired to design traditional costumes and Ganesh Hegde was asked to choreograph their dance sequences. This move was seen as a breather from the regular sight of cheerleaders jumping up and down in very short shorts and dresses.

Rayudu's six on the last ball

Ambati Rayudu led the Mumbai Indians to victory after hitting a six off the last ball. This was at a crucial stage when MI wanted four runs to win off one ball against KKR. And this was the only ball that Rayudu faced in the match, that too in the last over which was being bowled by Balaji.

Priyanka dances with SRK at KKR match

Priyanka Chopra was seen cheering for SRK's KKR, and seemed to be having a pretty good time. She clapped, laughed, jumped and had a lot of fun watching the match with her buddy. And of course, nobody in the stands complained about the hotness that she added to the game.

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Saturday, May 28, 2011

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Friday, May 27, 2011

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Gambhir, Yuvraj out of WI tour; Raina to lead ODI team

Gautam Gambhir will not tour the West Indies due to his injured shoulder, it was finally confirmed by the BCCI after Friday's selection committee meeting to pick the Test squad. But in an unfortunate development today, Yuvraj Singh has also opted out of the tour due to a respiratory infection.

Yuvraj has a small patch of pneumonitis on the left lung. Sachin Tendulkar, who had earlier opted out of the ODIs, will now miss the whole tour citing family commitments. With Gambhir's injury, and with Virender Sehwag undergoing a shoulder surgery, India will be without both their regular openers after a long time.

"Tendulkar will not play the Test series. However, he will be available for the full tour of England, that follows," the BCCI said.

Suresh Raina will replace Gambhir as the ODI captain. Manoj Tiwary and Shikhar Dhawan have been named the replacement batsmen. Harbhajan Singh will be Raina's deputy.

Tamil Nadu batsmen Subramaniam Badrinath and Abhinav Mukund have been brought in while ODI regular Virat Kohli has also been named in the squad. Captain MS Dhoni and Zaheer Khan will be available for the Tests. Test specialist VVS Laxman has been named Dhoni's deputy.

Laxman was earlier India's vice-captain on the South Africa in 2006. Munaf Patel, who last played a Test on the tour of New Zealand in 2009, is also back in the Test squad.

Badrinath was the highest run-scorer in the Ranji Trophy last season with 922 runs, including four tons and three fifties with a highest score of 195 at an average of 131.71.


Badrinath has a stellar first-class record and has scored 7478 runs at an average of 62.31, with 27 centuries and 32 fifties. He last played a Test at home against South Africa in 2010.
Mukund had an impressive Ranji Trophy season. In nine matches, he made 620 runs with a highest score of 232 at an average of 56.36.

Dhawan was the highest run-scorer for Deccan Chargers in IPL-4 with 400 runs at an average of 33.33 and strike rate of 129.03. Tiwary scored 359 runs at an average of 51.28 and strike rate of 110.46 for Kolkata Knight Riders in IPL-4.

Delhi's Dhawan played his only ODI against Australia in October 2010 where he scored a blob. Bengal's Tiwary played his only ODI against Australia in February 2008 and scored two runs before being famously done in by a Brett Lee yorker. He slipped off the radar for the next couple of years before working his way back into form.

Kohli has scored 2131 runs, including seven centuries and eight half-centuries with a highest score of 197 at an average of 57.59 in 30 first-class matches.

Patel played the last of his 20 Tests against Sri Lanka in August 2008, where he filled in for Dhoni. He has 683 runs at an average of 29.69 and 41 catches with eight stumpings.
The selection meeting was also attended by India's new coach Duncan Fletcher.

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RCB In Final NOW - Beat Mumbai Indians

Royal Challengers crushed Mumbai Indians by 43 runs to enter the IPL final in Chennai today.

Put into bat RCB rode on a whirlwind 47 ball 89 by Chris Gayle to pile up an imposing 185 run total. The RCB bowlers then bowled brilliantly taking wickets at regular intervals. The Mumbai batsmen hardly looked settled with the middle order collapsing at crucial moments.

Sachin Tendulkar (40) was the only Mumbai batsman who showed some grit but after his departure, it was all over with wickets crumbling at regular intervals.

Sachin was stumped by an excellent delivery by Syed Mohammad which turned sharply and for once even suprised the batting maestro.

Sreenath Aravind picked up two wickets at the start to to dent Mumbai Indians run chase.

Blizzard was the first to depart when he was caught at long on by Mayank Agarwal in the fourth over. Harbhajan soon followed when he was caught by Pomersbach at midwicket.

Earlier, Opener Chris Gayle butchered Mumbai Indians bowlers with a whirlwind 89 as Royal Challengers Bangalore posted an imposing 185 for four in the second qualifier of the Indian Premier League here today.
Gayle blasted nine fours and five sixes in his 47-ball innings and shared a 113-run opening partnership with Mayank Agarwal (41) in 10.4 overs to set the foundation for a big score for Bangalore at the MA Chidambaram Stadium here.

Sachin Tendulkar's decision to bowl first backfired as Gayle took the Mumbai attack by the scruff of its neck and helped RCB amass 111 in first 10 overs.

Mumbai came back strong in the second half and dismissed four of their batsmen in quick succession and did well to restrict the Royals inside the 200-mark.

Gayle gave Bangalore a blistering start, accumulating 27 runs in the first over off Abu Nechim studded with three fours and a six, besides a wides four behind the keeper.

Taking a cue from Gayle, young Mayank also clobbered Harbhajan Singh for a couple of boundaries through short third man in the second over.

Tendulkar then turned to Lasith Malinga but there was no respite for Mumbai as Gayle smashed his first ball through covers and then flicked one across the fine line boundary.

Mayank brought up the first fifty in 3.2 overs with a huge six over long on off Harbhajan and followed it up with a nice-looking four through point as RCB reached 57 in 4 overs.

Munaf Patel also rolled his arms but there was no difference in the result as Gayle clobbered him for a boundary between mid on and midwicket and managed to pick up another four across short fine leg.

Malinga pulled things a bit in the next over but Gayle was simply unstoppable as he blasted Patel across extra over for another four in the next over.

Rohit Sharma was then introduced into the attack but Mayank welcomed him with a four and a six as he bleded 14 runs in the eighth over.
Gayle too continued his blitzkrieg punishing Pollard for another boundary in the next over to not only bring up the hundred for Bangalore but also reached his personal score of 52 in 27 balls.

Pollard finally gave Mumbai something to chew on by dismissing Mayank in the fourth ball of the 11th over but not before Rohit had dropped him in the first delivery.

However, there was no respite for Mumbai as Gayle blasted three sixes in the space of four balls spread across the 13th and 14th over.

The former West Indies skipper first sent Pollard soaring over long off in the last ball of the 13th over and then hammered Harbhajan over deep midwicket in consecutive balls as RCB reached 145 for one in 14 overs.

Gayle was dismissed by Munaf in the next over with James Franklin taking a good catch at long on but by then the damage was done. Virat Kohli (8) also couldn't stay long and was sent packing by Nechim in the 16th over.

Malinga then pulled off a brilliant diving catch at short third man off Munaf to dismiss Luke Pomersbach (4) as Bangalore slipped to 157 for four in 16.2 overs.

However, AB de Villiers (21) and Saurabh Tiwary (8) stayed in the crease and took Bangalore close to the 200-mark.

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Thursday, May 26, 2011

Warne tells: My great mate Terry Jenner

Shane Warne has written his own tribute to his coach and mentor,Terry Jenner, who died this week.

This is what he had to say on his website:

"I first met Terrence James Jenner (TJ) at the cricket academy in Adelaide 1990.

The great man had just been released from prison and was doing it pretty tough.

I was a spiky blonde haired 20 y.o Mexican (Victorian) who thought he knew a bit about leg spin - amongst other things, like we all did at that age.

TJ, like his fellow players of that era are very straight and also very blunt - the best way to be in all aspects of life - no bull shit or fluffy rubbish.

But, you did need a thick skin - mine was luckily - or shall we say had to develop very quickly, which looking back now and reflecting - has held me in good stead for all my life situations not just cricket.

Underneath the ample frame and all that bravado was a very charming, caring, loving family man who was a giver to cricket and life.

I think we met at exactly the right time in each others lives, we where good for each other - maybe all the stars and moons where aligned, because we clicked instantly.

I got his coaching style straight away and his sense of humour - I suppose he saw something in me that he liked - well I spun the ball, lets keep it at that.

We spent so much time together in those early days - bowling out on Adelaide's number 2 oval, indoor cricket nets and at his house chatting, he gave me so much time which I will be forever grateful.

I remember after my horrible debut at 99kg for Australia in Sydney, then following it up with another shocker in Adelaide against the wristy Indians, TJ saying to me - you bowled beautifully and the signs look good.

You serious mate? Ive been hammered, he said sometimes the way you bowl is not always reflected in your figures - we have a chance he said - great advice.

MMMMMMM - silly old fool I thought - yep 20 y.o knows best - not the spin doctor (aptly named by Mr Ian Healy).

Anyway, it was 1992 heading into winter in Melbourne; I packed my car and drove to Adelaide.

I was hungry to learn as much as I could and for that matter as fast as I could too, I was just picked to go to Sri Lanka with Australian team.

I stopped my car via a bottle shop - bought a slab of VB's - knocked on TJ's door and said gidday mate - he said come in.

Well the next 4-5 hours where life changing - I went to get 2 beers and he said what are you doing? I said as usual a few beers together!

He said listen - you are so lucky to be selected to tour again and represent Australia, why don't you get serious, I said like how? Im working hard!

Rubbish he bellowed out, your fat, drink way to much beer and smoke like a chimney and have never had to sacrifice anything- bit rich I thought coming from TJ as he sucked back a beer and took a massive puff on his cigar!!!!

Ok then - what do I need to do you think?

To start with give up drinking excessively every night get fit, drop weight and at least look like a sportsman.

Wow I thought, cop that! I said ok I will, you wait and see.

The rest of the chat was an old fashioned honest heart to heart about life.

I woke up feeling energised and started training hard. Every Day I ran , did push ups, sit ups, ate properly and bowled for hours. Fast forward 3 to 4 months and I weighed 79kg, I had managed to lose 20kg's and was ready for Sri Lanka I thought!

I left Adelaide - gave TJ a bottle of red to say thank you for his time, patience and effort, he said - I will open this at the right time - we will both know when that is, mmmmmm ok!

I wont go into how SL all turned out - but it went ok thanks to TJ.

Things from there moved very quickly and our friendship grew stronger and stronger - we would talk so much, I will really miss our chats.

TJ became my Dr Phil on all matters and levels - wherever I was around the world we would call and chat - we would plan to bring down the opposition batsmen, laugh and I would hang up feeling good.

His knowledge of the game, not just spin bowling was amazing - he understood so much and was happy to share his knowledge to whoever wanted to listen, he always had the game of cricket at heart.

TJ was a fighter till the end - a person who always found a way to look at the positive side of anyone or the situation, never ever did he whinge about his lot he was given in life, he was there for you - unconditionally.

He worked tirelessly as well for so many charitys, especially his test brekkies in Adelaide - they where a great way to start a test match, he always had time for people and the battler in the far cricket net too.

TJ was such a great story teller, you could listen to him for hours and I did - being entertained too - he would have you in stitches of laughter regularly.

I could go on for hours about TJ and all his wonderful traits, I will keep some to myself and will always look back with a smile about a great friend and person.

Sometimes in the latter years we wouldn't talk as often as we should have but whenever we did chat it was like we had spoken the day before.

When I spoke to TJ on the phone a few weeks ago - we Said goodbye to each other - it was a very difficult thing to do and chat as it was so unlike all our others - this was it for the last time after 20 odd years..

We both didn't say too much as we both didn't need too - we just knew..

I did thank him though for everything he had done for me and tried to express how much his patience, advice, love and above all his friendship has meant to me and my family...

We both shed a bit of a tear and said goodbye... Not easy!

To Ann, youre an absolute trooper. TJ loved you so much and you were great for him , you always kept him honest - I loved that.

Your love and support to him was nothing short of amazing, we are all thinking of you very much and are here if you need us, please don't hesitate to ask.

Once again to Ann, his daughter, Trudianne, and granddaughter, Ashlea, and all other family members we all pass on our condolences at your loss and our thoughts are with you at this tough time.

We will all miss you TJ. As we raise a glass in your honour and, most likely, shed a tear or 2, we smile and think of you often.

We will all miss the wonderful and amazing TJ, he was the best mentor anyone could ever have and the best friend at the same time. Thank you for your support, love and above all your friendship.

Cricket has lost a true character and champion - the world is a lesser place without Terrence James Jenner!

Mate I will miss you so much."

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Gautam Gambhir continues to blame KKR

The Board of Cricket Control in India (BCCI) will decide today whether opener Gautam Gambhir if fit enough to lead Team India for the upcoming West Indies tour. However, even before the selectors take a final call, Gambhir who is in the midst of a raging club-vs-country debate over aggravating injuries in his right shoulder and groin during IPL-4, blamed the Kolkata Knight Riders' management for keeping him in the dark about the injury.

Gambhir has once again said that he did not fully know the extent of his injury before taking to the field against Mumbai Indians on Wednesday. Earlier too the player had said that the KKR physio did not discuss his medical report with him before the Mumbai clash.

So once again the onus is on the KKR management and their physio Andrew Leipus to explain as to how did they consider him fit to play when Leipus himself had written to the board that Gambhir needed 4-6 weeks of rest.

Gambhir said that he played with discomfort without realizing the gravity of his injury. He goes on to add that he has always preferred playing for the Country ahead of an IPL club.

He said, "I played with discomfort without realizing the gravity of my injury. As a leader my KKR team needed me but to say I preferred club over country is ridiculous. I know how hard I have worked for my India cap and what it means to me."

Meanwhile the Indian selectors will meet today in Chennai to discuss the team for the West Indies tour. But the selectors are also expected to take a decision on Gautam Gambhir's availability after the BCCI deferred the decision yesterday. It is yet unclear whether Gambhir will travel to the Windies as skipper. If Gambhir is also ruled out of India's Test series then young Tamil Nadu opener Abhinav Mukund may get the nod.

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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Gayle, Dhoni, Sanga are at the top of MVP pile

It doesn't take any number crunching to figure out that Chris Gayle has been the most valuable player (MVP) of the league stage of IPL 4, but would you have guessed that the next most valuable are MS Dhoni and Kumar Sangakkara or that Paul Valthaty is the only one in the top 10 on the list who is not an international player?

Gayle's fireworks may have lit up the second half of the league stage, but Valthaty remains the most value for money (VFM) player, ahead of S Aravind and Rahul Sharma. Interestingly, the bulk of the top 10 in the VFM list are not out of the tournament yet.

Behind Gayle, Dhoni and Sanga in the MVP list are Lasith Malinga, the tournament's top wicket-taker by some distance, Virender Sehwag, Yusuf Pathan, Shane Watson, Valthaty, Johan Botha and Shaun Marsh.
With the obvious exception of Valthaty, none of these names comes close to making it to the top of the VFM list. Considering that most of them rake in annual fees in excess of a million dollars while uncapped Indian players have to make do with $50,000, that should caused no surprise.

As before, therefore, the rest of the top 10 on the VFM list are also local players who have more than pulled their weight for their squads. After the top three come Ambatti Rayudu, Iqbal Abdullah, Manish Pandey, Amit Singh, Sunny Sohal, Rajat Bhatia and B A Bhatt, the King XI bowler, in that order.

We aren't just pulling these names out of a hat. Some serious number crunching is behind these assertions. Here's what we did. Batting points were calculated on the principle that both the quantity of runs scored and how fast they are scored should count. So we took a strike rate of 130 as a par value. The total runs scored by each batsman was multiplied by his actual strike rate and divided by this par figure. Thus, a batsman who has scored, say, 300 runs in the tournament so far would get batting points equal to 300 if he has scored at a strike rate of 130, fewer points if he has accumulated them slower and more if he has got them at a better clip.

For bowlers, we used the principle that both economy and wicket-taking should count. An economy rate of 7.5 runs per over was used as the benchmark. Bowlers with a better economy rate than this were regarded as having saved runs for their team. For instance, if a bowler has been going at 6 runs per over and has bowled 40 overs, he would actually have conceded 240 runs. At the average rate he would have conceded 300. So he is given 60 points for saving those many runs. Every wicket gets him 25 points.

Fielding points are given for catches, run outs and stumpings. Catches count for 10 points, run outs for 15. In the case of wicket-keepers, however, catches and stumpings fetch 25 points each, since they are in the side mainly for fielding.

Finally, captains are given points for the performance of their teams, 25 points for each win and minus 25 for each loss. Adding all of these points together gives us the total points accumulated by each player.

Since it would be unfair to compare someone who has played, say, ten matches with another who has played all 14, we then divided the total points by the number of matches played by each player to get the points per match. This was the basis for the MVP rankings. The VFM rankings were obtained by dividing the points per match by the fees payable to each player per match to get a figure for the number of points per $100,000.

To ensure that a couple of outstanding performances don't unduly skew the results, we took only those who had played at least nine matches. What is interesting is that the MVP list is dominated by multi-skilled players with the exception of Malinga who has accumulated points almost entirely from his bowling alone.

In contrast, the VFM list has a preponderance of those who have got points mainly from their bowling, like Aravind, Rahul Sharma and Iqbal Abdullah, and a couple who have contributed mainly with the bat like Sunny Sohal and Manish Pandey. This is a departure from the past when both indices tended to yield predominantly all-rounders at the top.

Most Valuable Player Index
Batting Pts
Bowling Pts
Fielding Pts
Captaincy Pts
Total Pts
CH Gayle

MS Dhoni
SL Malinga

V Sehwag
YK Pathan

SR Watson

PC Valthaty

J Botha

SE Marsh

Minimum qualification: 9 matches

Value For Money Index
PC Valthaty
S Aravind
R Sharma
AT Rayudu
Iqbal Abdulla
MK Pandey
A Singh
S Sohal
R Bhatia
BA Bhatt
Minimum qualification: 9 matches

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