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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

The rain’s a pain, now we want to double up - Gale : Yorkshire CCC

They were on a nice run after the wins on Thursday & Friday, & on Sunday they were supposed to be playing Northants who are in indifferent form at the moment.

SUNDAY'S weather was hugely frustrating for everyone in the Yorkshire T20 squad to be perfectly honest.

They fancied our chances to go & win in a row, so it was frustrating. But I guess everyone in the country got washed out, no-one gained an advantage, &, after all's said & done, they can't do anything about the weather.

This week we've had Monday & Tuesday off but we'll train hard today & Thursday before the T20 Roses game at Headingley on Friday & then the LV County Championship stuff starts again on Saturday at Durham.

It's been frustrating, but were looking forward to getting back to our cricket.

On my days off I try & get away from the game , spend some time with my relatives & stuff & reflect on what has happened over the last couple of weeks & how they can improve as a side & I think consistency is going to be the key.


Then we'll get back together on Wednesday & Thursday.

Gareth Andrew played exceptionally well to get them back in the game but I thought they played well & probably deserved to win by a bigger margin.

Looking back at last week's games, Worcester was a nipper & it got closer than it ought to have done.

The nice thing for me is that they showed lots of character on Thursday & Friday, & in games that were close games they came out on top.

However, T20 cricket is like that, it's the nature of the game, & a side will come back & chase the game & that's exactly what they did.

Thats the sign of a nice side I think.

Mentally, the games were nippers tight affairs but when you come out on top it gives you tons of confidence.

The Lancashire match was as well as a nice, with a full house at Elderly Trafford, & there is no better way to win than they did there in the last over to silence the home crowd!

It was tremendous feeling & Azeem Rafiq played exceptionally well under pressure there.

I think they will bowl better with the addition of Jimmy Anderson in to the assault & I think we've got to receive a sizable total & hopefully receive a few early wickets.

We've also got England's Third Check against Sri Lanka to look forward to this week & I presume it will be a dry, flat pitch at the Rose Bowl.

Obviously Sri Lanka are going to rely a lot on Sangakkara & Jayawardene even more now that Dilshan has been ruled out with a broken thumb , so weve got to get those guys out early to have a chance of winning.

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look India to sign off ODI series in style

The Indians stumbled in the earlier match days ago, when they lost the fourth match by 103 runs at the Vivian Richards Cricket Ground in Antigua.

India will be looking to sign-off their One-day International series with West Indies with a resounding victory in the final match at Sabina Park here Thursday.

The visitors hold an unbeatable 3-1 lead in the series, after victories in the first matches, but they will need to finish strongly, bringing West Indies back down to earth, with a three-Test series immediately following.

"If they keep it simple and stick to the basics, they will get the right results," said India vice captain Harbhajan Singh.

"It would be lovely if they can finish the series on a nice note and take a 4-1 win. They are looking to give our best shot and win the last match."

West Indies captain Darren Sammy was relieved to receive a victory over the newly-crowned world champions, and said his side was a work-in-progress.

"We faced a similar situation in our earlier series against Pakistan," said Sammy.

"We now know what it is to beat India, and hopefully, they can do the same things, and receive a similar result to finish the series on a winning note as well."

The pitch has gained unusual attention because the first Check is scheduled to start at the same venue days later.

It ought to give the sides a useful indication of what they might expect over the long haul, helping them to tailor their sides for the first Check.

"I expect us to have a pitch that bounces over the ones that they have seen in the Eastern Caribbean," said long-standing head groundsman Charlie Joseph.

Jamaicans will also feel a sense of relief, after last year's international fixtures between West Indies and South Africa had to be shifted, following civil disturbances in the capital of Kingston.

West Indies (from): Darren Sammy (capt), Adrian Barath, Carlton Baugh Jr, Devendra Bishoo, Darren Bravo, Kemar Roach, Anthony Martin, Kieron Pollard, Ravi Rampaul, Andre Russell, Marlon Samuels, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Lendl Simmons


India (from): Suresh Raina (capt), Subramaniam Badrinath, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, Praveen Kumar, Amit Mishra, Munaf Patel, Parthiv Patel, Yusuf Pathan, Ishant Sharma, Rohit Sharma, Harbhajan Singh

Umpires: Ian Gould (ENG), Norman Malcolm (WIS)

Match referee: Jeff Crowe (NZL)

TV umpire: Gregory Brathwaite (WIS)

Reserve umpire: Joel Wilson (WIS)

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Hampshire's knight in shining armour

A decade or so ago, not long after the new Chairman of Hampshire was beginning to grapple with the dual responsibility of staving off administration and developing their new ground at the Rose Bowl, an elderly codger got to his feet and addressed him at the annual general meeting. What would happen, they said, if the owner of this great club went under a bus? "Well," said Rod Bransgrove, "I'll be dead."

That instant response told the highly amused membership a substantial amount about a man who had become the first owner of a county cricket club in England: his sardonic humour, his quick-wittedness, his articulation, and a prevalent sense that life ought to not always be taken so seriously. They likes to have fun.

Alas for Bransgrove, the past decade has not exactly been filled with jocular moments. It's been of sparring matches with everybody, from those against the development of the Rose Bowl, to the ECB, to even the long-serving club scorer whom they banned from the ground.

Bransgrove had, in fact, grown up in Kent, watching Colin Cowdrey, Alan Knott and Derek Underwood at Canterbury, and in Surrey, and had been a sufficiently promising batsman to attend trial at The Oval in his youth. A career in first-class cricket was not forthcoming, though, and after leaving Chatham House in Ramsgate, Ted Heath's elderly grammar school, spending a year at Canterbury Technical College, and being bored as a draughtsman, they chosen in lieu to go in to the pharmaceutical industry. A natural salesman, they was of the first people to spot the potential in hormone replacement therapy, joining forces with a Hampshire-based pharmaceutical importer, Feroze Janmohamed (now a non-executive director of the Rose Bowl), to form Imperial Pharmaceutical Services.

They still loved cricket and the company of the players they met through the Smith brothers, Robin and Chris; the latter ran a wine bar Bransgrove part-owned in Romsey. When they was offered the chairmanship of Hampshire, it was not merely on account of his track record in business. The club was in financial difficulties, not least over the proposed move to the Rose Bowl. The whole venture would, in all probability, not have been done without his financial input and expertise.

The pair developed a series of hormone-replacement therapy products, utilising elderly compounds that had become generic. Doctors were increasingly prescribing this treatment and Bransgrove spotted gaps in the market. When a merger of the cash-rich Imperial with Shire took place in 1996, they owned 6,581,476 shares worth £2.13 each, which comprised ten.8% of the company. This was then floated on the stock exchange and their value multiplied over ten years to over £15 each. Bransgrove became seriously rich.

They suffered a panic assault when they took over and would have pulled out had a press conference not been set up for later that day. They disliked being often called "the man with deep pockets", as occurred in a radio interview, took exception to Wisden making a reference to his yacht, and although always generous along with his time and his Chablis (they keeps his own supply at the ground) has had a love-hate relationship with the media.

On becoming the chairman of Hampshire in 2000, they had to oversee the transformation of an area of scrubland on the outskirts of Southampton in to a stadium in which one-day international cricket could be played. And they had to delve in to the estimated £30m they had made out of pharmaceuticals (other ventures, including kid's cartoons and a tiny share-holding in Southampton FC, followed) to finance it. The club itself, not to mention the project, was in danger of folding not long after this development was underway, so his immediate involvement was to inject some capital and restructure the business from a mere county cricket club to a public limited company and limited company subsidiaries.

If his relationship with the ECB could even be tetchy, not least over the bidding technique when it awarded a Check match to Cardiff in 2009 - "The 'W' in ECB is silent but powerful," they said - that was in part because they was determined to turn the Rose Bowl in to as fine a model of a contemporary Check ground as could be found. They understood, they said, why there was opposition - some of it personal - to the Rose Bowl obtaining Check status, for they felt they had challenged his rivals' "cosy" way of operating. So there's been administrators as well as journalists along the way with whom they has had fractious moments. They has constantly questioned the ECB's governance, and two times frog-marched a reporter from Southampton's local paper out to the middle in response to criticism of the pitch. But they found an simple comradeship with the players. Not merely the star names such as Shane Warne and Ian Botham and Colin Ingleby-Mackenzie, whose death affected him, but the professionals of lesser renown, such as Kevan James and Giles White.

Within years they had injected  Â£5m of his own capital (now over £6m), created Rose Bowl as a separate entity from the county club, and had soon come to the realisation that the staging of concerts and building of a golf work would be integral to the success of the project. Hampshire succeeded in securing an advance from the Lottery Commission. There was still an hindrance to overcome: the threat of a judicial review when the club obtained borrowing from Eastleigh Borough Council to fund the building of a hotel.

The fact that Hampshire, not to mention the Rose Bowl, are still in existence is largely down to Bransgrove, so moving abroad might well be a cause for regret. Doubtless this will occur to him over the approaching days - even if, by his own admission, they will be over a tiny trepidatious.

All the while, the ground was being improved. In the middle there was less lateral movement. On the boundary there was more seating. If the public transport links were not as handy as had been the case at Northlands Road, the building of a second access road alleviated the congestion often experienced at the conclusion of a one-day fixture. The timing was important, , for the ECB increasingly was keen to stage Check cricket in different parts of the country. And last year the Rose Bowl came top in an independent survey of facilities at international venues.

 day Bransgrove, who is now 60, will move from his Edwardian home near Romsey and retire to France, but as with Sir Alex Ferguson leaving Manchester United, that date cannot be foreseen. Before that they wishes to stage an Ashes Check and make the ground - or his allotment, as his spouse calls it - and the business more viable. They has had the odd inquiry from potential buyers. "A French intermediary approached me claiming to represent 'significant Middle East interests' keen to secure a position in a British stadium-based sports business. Whist it was mildly flattering that they had been noticed outside the United Kingdom, I did not pursue a dialogue. I sent some visuals and basic public information but did not go as far as non-disclosure agreements or the provision of financial information. I also responded to an inquiry about equity/financial structure of the Rose Bowl from Mike Haysman, Allen Stanford's cricket advisor, whom I had met at the ground, but I heard no more."

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With Oz cricket calender Commercial commitments collide

As part of the push to sell the new league & its two manufactured teams to the public, Cricket Australia wishes all of its centrally-contracted players to participate in the first round of the competition, tentatively scheduled for December 16 to twenty.

Australian cricket's playing & promotion imperatives are again colliding, this time over the matter of Check players taking part in the early rounds of the expanded Huge Bash League.

However an agreement is yet to be reached between CA management, promotion & training staff over the issue of how to make use of the time between the finish of the New Zealand Check series on December 13 in Hobart & the beginning of the India series on December 26 with the Boxing Day Check at the MCG.

This would permit maximum exposure for the new competition, & also mean the game's most reliable current assets, namely the likes of Michael Clarke, Shane Watson & Ricky Ponting, could be used liberally in promotion & publicity for the BBL.

Australia's Check & limited-overs players have always missed parts or all of the domestic Twenty20 competition because it's clashed with the concluding weeks of the Check summer & the bulk of the ODI programme.

"It's still being resolved. We are obviously keen for them to be obtainable to play if the schedule & their physical shape allows it," a CA spokesman told ESPNcricinfo. "They're the largest names & the most popular cricketers in the country so we'd obviously like them to be a part of as much as feasible."

But the alter to city-based teams & the paucity of genuine international talent obtainable for the first edition of the match due to scheduling conflicts has intensified the demand for Australian internationals among franchises.

Given that Australia will have done their third Check series in as lots of months, including the tours of Sri Lanka & South Africa that precedes the New Zealand series, recovery time for captain Clarke, his deputy Watson & the quick bowler Mitchell Johnson, among others, will be at a premium.

Another issue will be maximising the team's preparation for the task of facing up to India, currently the world's No.1 ranked Check team, in what has arguably become Australia's largest international rivalry outside of the Ashes. Where two times the Australians could afford to take the odd preparatory shortcut due to an undisputed rating at the top, now they have no choice but to plan diligently or face the consequences.

"The coaches are ensuring they have got time after the New Zealand series & before the India series beginning on Boxing Day," the spokesman said. "We need to make definite their workload is managed. Even if it is agreed that players are obtainable for definite matches, an individual assessment for each player will must be made at the time regarding injuries, workload & individual programmes.

"These guys are going to be sought after by the BBL teams irrespective of how lots of matches they can play, because they will help to sell the teams to the public."

Last summer the financial & cricketing interests of CA were muddled on over occasion. Michael Hussey & Doug Bollinger were handicapped when they were forced to stay behind at the T20 Champions League in South Africa with their IPL team Chennai Tremendous Kings than preparing for the Check series in India.

On the team's return home, a pre-determined promotion plan to announce the Ashes squad at a public event in Sydney's Circular Quay - ten days before the first Check - saw the selectors name an indecisive 17-man squad, causing what Simon Katich revealed to be a rumble of instability through the team before the first Check.

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Monday, June 13, 2011

Set for Brisbane, Hobart Black Caps tests

Cricket Australia today unveiled their southern summer program which begins with a check match between Australia and New Zealand at the Gabba in Brisbane from December 1-5.

The Black Caps will play tests against Australia in Brisbane and Hobart in December, Cricket Australia revealed today.

That will be followed by a second check at the Bellerive Oval in Hobart from December 9-13.
While the trans-Tasman trophy will be up for grabs in the longest kind of the game, there is no room in the calendar for the Chappell-Hadlee one-day series.

It was impossible to stage it in February because New Zealand are hosting South Africa while Australia have also reverted to the traditional ODI Tri-Series after a four-test series against India.

The Chappell-Hadlee Trophy has diminished in importance since its beginning in 2004-05 - last summer it was retained by Australia because they beat New Zealand by six wickets in their pool game at the World Cup in Nagpur, India.

They were thrashed by an innings and 156 runs (Brisbane) and 213 runs (Adelaide) in 2004.

 years later they experienced more disappointment at the same venues, losing by 149 runs at the Gabba and an innings and 62 at the Adelaide Oval.

New Zealand has a wretched check record on Australian soil since surprisingly sharing a three-test series 0-0 in 2001.

Cricket Australia has also reinstated the tri-series ODI idea and extended its regular check dates to host India in a four-match series which breaks with recent convention.

The check series against New Zealand will be followed by a four-test series against India beginning Dec. 26, the traditional Boxing Day slot at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. The later tests will be played in Sydney and Perth and the series concludes in Adelaide from Jan. 24-28.

A two-match Twenty20 international series will follow that, leading in to the a Feb. 5-March 8 blockbuster limited-overs tri-series involving former world champion Australia against World Cup holder India and 2011 World Cup runnerup Sri Lanka.

Australia abandoned the tri-series format in favor of bilaterial series for seasons amid diminishing popularity for the 50-over game and increasing interest in T20, but has reinstated the three-way contest in what will be a busy summer.

"With the commencement of the ICC World Check Championship they know that every check win is vital and the Australian team will be keen to start the home season positively against New Zealand."

"ICC Cricket World Cup winner India is also the No. 1-ranked check team in the world at the moment. Sri Lanka has also been in great form as they saw in the World Cup, while they know New Zealand is always a formidable opponent that thrives when playing Australia," Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland said in a statement.

The check series will clash with the Australian Open, the annual Grand Slam tennis fixture in Melbourne in late January, meaning the domestic broadcast audiences for both sports will be split.

The main check series in Australia has usually culminated with the New Year's match in Sydney in the first week of the new year, but the Australian cricket team has a packed schedule in the leadup to the domestic summer with an ODI series and tests in Sri Lanka in August-September followed by an ODI series and tests in South Africa in October-November.

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Amit Mishra : I wish no cricketer goes through what I have

He has had the West Indies batsmen in knots in the continuing ODI series but not so long ago, Indian leg-spinner Amit Mishra was thinking about hanging up his boots out of sheer frustration at being dropped despite respectable performances.

The affable spinner's nine wickets at an average of 17.00 in the continuing series exceed the worth the figures can ever recommend. Yet, Mishra lives with the dictum of his day-to-day philosophy.

They could have also mentioned his dramatic first year in Check cricket in 2008 when they took twenty wickets in games against Australia & England & yet was sent to chilled his heels for the whole next year.

"I one time took two wickets & scored a 50 against Bangladesh in a Check - & was promptly dropped in the next game," recalled Mishra.

They did have his shoulder injury to contend with but they was still picking wickets by bucketful in domestic cricket.

It is not as if they has been compensated in one-day internationals. They made his ODI debut in 2003 & after games was banished for over three years.

"I wish no cricket player goes through what I have in my career," says the 28-year-old cricket player.

"But for my relatives who egged me on & Mr Ranbir Mahendra (Haryana cricket supremo) I would have hung my boots long ago."

Mishra is mindful that in the work of this spell of 2008-09, Anil Kumble made a mighty return & Harbhajan Singh was still on top of his craft.

Also spinner is usually preferred in Tests abroad. Yet the feeling lingered that they was being unfairly treated with.

"I let loose my frustration on a cricket ball. I bowled & bowled & bowled. In the work of matches, in nets & plenty of a time alone. I worked on my leg-spinners, drifters, googly, variations in pace, degree of spin, everything," says an eager-faced Mishra who has  400 first-class wickets to show for his 11-year toil.

Mishra was finally thrown a lifeline in the kind of IPL. They was picked up cheaply by Delhi Daredevils in the first year auction in 2008 but his impressive hauls, including hat-tricks, have ensured they could no longer be ignored so overtly.

Yet it hurt him immensely that they wasn't part of India's World Cup squad as Piyush Chawla was preferred to him.

However, they got his break in the present series & has been impressive to the extent that legendary opener Sunil Gavaskar feels they ought to be on plane to England later in the summertime.

Having learnt the bitter lessons, Mishra now believes only wickets can give him a lovely run in international cricket.

"Economy is alright but wickets matter more to me. There is no point in going for 0 for 45, it is better to have two for 50. It is lovely for you, it is lovely for team."

Says Eric Simmons, India's bowling coach, "Mishra is confident, aggressive. They gets lots of drift which is always an excellent sign for a leg-spinner."

Mishra's approach has helped India as plenty of a time historicallyin the past, the middle overs were passive periods for the team. Most opposition could recover from poor starts only because there was nobody to pick wickets in the middle overs.

His 36 wickets from ten Tests compare favourably together with his idols Shane Warne (25 wickets), Muttiah Muralitharan (40) & Harbhajan Singh (38) at the same cut-off point.

"Even though I can bowl variations of googly, my stock bowl is leg-break. I feel my strength is the loop & the drift & dip which accompany it," remarked Mishra.

Kumble alone is markedly superior at 53 Tests from ten matches.

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Won INDIA one day series with 3-0 lead.

It was a superb unbeaten 86 from Rohit Sharma that led India to a three-wicket victory over West Indies Saturday to secure the five-match day series for the tourists who now have an unassailable 3-0 lead.

Sharma led India's recovery from 92 for six as they chased down 226 at the Sir Vivian Richards stadium.

An 88-run partnership with Harbhajan Singh (41) put India back in contention & then Praveen Kumar (25 not out) saw the tourists through to a comfortable victory with 22 balls to spare.

It was a day for lower order contributions with West Indies only managing to set a first rate target thanks to an excellent 92 not out from 84 balls by Jamaican Andre Russell.

Russell's score is the highest made by a number nine batsman in one-day internationals & included a 78-run partnership with wicketkeeper Carlton Baugh as the Caribbean side recovered from 85-6.

The giant hitting innings included six fours & sixes as the success-starved home crowd were finally treated to some entertainment.

Six times again West Indies struggled against spin with leg-spinner Amit Mishra taking 3-28 from his0 allotted overs.

Opener Lendl Simmons again was the pick of the West Indies batsmen with 45 before Mishra had him caught by Virat Kohli at slip but the middle order again failed.

That was a game that got away from us, said West Indies captain Darren Sammy.

India's innings had a similar structure with opener Parthiv Patel hitting 46 but no-one else making a major contribution until Sharma's large knock turned the game.

Russell & Baugh got us back in to it & the fellows were confident but they lacked the killer instinct after taking early wickets.

We have not been getting runs at the top & they lacked the finishing touch he said.

With the series in the bag, India skipper Suresh Raina said he would rotate the squad in the final games before the check series begins.

We have a couple of guys sitting on the bench & I hope everyone gets a chance in the last games,he said.

Russell & Baugh got us back in to it & the fellows were confident but they lacked the killer instinct after taking early wicket.
Darren Sammy West Indies skipper

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Sunday, June 12, 2011

Star Of Cricket wars get hotter

With of the two thrilling matches of the first season of CCL coming to an finish, the final slots are still wide open. Karnataka may be the current topper on the score board, but the other teams still have a chance of making it to the finals.

Not of the teams are leaving any stone unturned in giving their best. The Mumbai Heroes team, which is meant to play a match on Saturday, is landing in Vizag on Thursday for some rigorous practice sessions in the stadium. The Karnataka Bulldozers are driving down from Hyderabad to Vizag, so that they can get time to practice. The battle lines are drawn and it is not cricket anymore, it is star wars!

Here are the various feasible combinations that could get the teams in to the final.

Salman Khan and Sonakshi Sinha will be cheering for their team at the matches in Vizag and Hyderabad on June 11 and 12.

People have loved all the matches and after seeing that, friends from all the other industries have expressed their interest in such a format. The purpose of organizing CCL T20 is served. Venkatesh

The celebrity cricket league is all about glitz, glamour, fun and action coming together, along with your favourite actors playing your favourite sport  cricket. CCL will stay close to my heart. Not because my actor friends from different film industries are playing, but also because I am the brand ambassador for the first CCL season. I am glad that the proceeds will go to the film artistes association and charity.

I think the celebrity cricket league is going to be a fun series. The audience can watch their favourite stars playing against each other on the field. Priyamani

Shriya Saran

Everyone in AP is so clued in on the CCL. It is a great start for the match. Hope it grows in strength. They are having a blast! Siddharth

This is the first time that all of us have come together Bollywood, Tollywood Kollywood and Sandalwood. That is the main purpose of CCL T20. Vishnu Manchu

If the Karnataka Bulldozers defeat the Telugu Warriors and the Chennai Rhinos defeat the Mumbai Heroes, then Karnataka Bulldozers and Chennai Rhinos will be in the finals.

If the Telugu Warriors beat the Karnataka Bulldozers and the Mumbai Heroes defeat the Chennai Rhinos, then Telugu Warriors and Karnataka Bulldozers will make it to the finals.

If Karnataka Bulldozers defeat the Telugu Warriors and Mumbai Heroes defeat the Chennai Rhinos, then among the teams will make it to the finals along with Karnataka Bulldozers.

If Telugu Warriors defeat the Karnataka Bulldozers and Mumbai Warriors defeat Chennai Rhinos then the Telugu Warriors and Karnataka Bulldozers will reach the finals.

If the Telugu Warriors defeat the Karnataka Bulldozers and the Chennai Rhinos beat the Mumbai Heroes then it will be either the Telugu Warriors, Chennai Rhinos or Karnataka Bulldozers that will reach the finals based on their run rate.

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Friday, June 10, 2011

In England Tests India opposes umpire decision review

According to the ICC regulations, the UDRS can be used in a series only with the consent of the boards. In the recent past, the UDRS has faced opposition from Indian cricketers, including Sachin Tendulkar and captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who feel the know-how cannot be trusted beyond limits.

The Indian cricket board has reportedly sent an official notification to the England and Wales Cricket Board, opposing the use of the Umpire Decision Review Process (UDRS) in the upcoming Check series between the nations.

India will play Tests against England beginning July 21.

Dhoni has been vocal in opposing the UDRS chiefly after Ian Bell was given not out in the work of a World Cup match in Banglore.

In May the ICC's cricket committee recommended the use of UDRS in all forms of the game.

"There are moves for this to be implemented at the board�s annual meeting later in June but convincing India will be hard," said a document in the Every day Telegraph.

Former England off-spinner John Emburey said the reason India does not require the UDRS is that it "will favour our bowlers".

"It is a blow for Graeme Swann, who acknowledged in the work of last winter's Ashes tour the benefit he's gained from the know-how. Of his 138 wickets, 29.71% have been lbw, the second highest proportion of any bowler in Check history," the document said.

"It (DRS) has been giant for spinners because they are now getting wickets against batsmen playing on the front foot coming forward. It is a gigantic advantage to the spinner. The process has shown balls would go on to hit the stumps and umpires have now got it in their minds that they can now give batsmen out," Emburey was quoted as saying.

Emburey also said what UDRS has done is that it's forced the batsmen to play with the bat than hide behind the pads. This, in turn, gives the bowler more chances of edges and catches as the batsmen are forced to face the bowl.

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For Mumbai Heroes! Salman will do anything

 After losing to Karnataka Bulldozers, the Mumbai Heroes team captained by Sohail Khan has decided that they needed their vice-captain Riteish Deshmukh, who has been shooting for Sajid Nadiadwala's upcoming project Housefull five in London, back for their match in Vizag against the Tamil stars. & to do the needful, Salman Khan wielded the phone & made a call.

The celebrities have decided to not stand in the pavillion cheering but actually get on the field & play the game of cricket. & the 2011 Celebrity Cricket League is the finish result. However, the Mumbai team has been facing a few issues of late.

They played the first match & was suppsoed to leave soon after. But since they is such a lovely player, they stayed on for the second. They then left for the shoot in London. However, the team feels that they require Riteish back for the third match as well.

Salman, who is an element of the Mumbai Heroes team & as well as a lovely mate of Housefull five producer Sajid Nadiadwala, pleaded with the filmmaker to send his actor Riteish back to India for this all-important match. "The team did not play the first matches well. Riteish is of the better players & is also the Vice Captain of the team.

Hence Salman called up Sajid Nadiadwala, with who they shares a close rapport, to let Riteish come & play the match," revealed our source. "The match is on June 11 & if the Mumbai Heroes team wins the match, they stand a chance to reach the finals on June 12.

It won't be a long break from shoots & Nadiadwala spoke to his director Sajid Khan & figured they could permit Riteish to leave," the source added.

There is apparently not much to worry about practice sessions either. The team had been doing the needful for over a month now. Though the filmmakers, shooting in London currently, remained unavailable for comments, Riteish's manager confirmed the same & added, "Riteish absolutely loves cricket & admires Salman Khan. So when there is a request from Salman & if there's no disruptions in the shoot, they will certainly make it."

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Thursday, June 9, 2011

Jayasuriya Back in Sri Lanka Team

Sanath Jayasuriya has been recalled to Sri Lanka's ODI and Twenty20 sides for the upcoming series against England and Scotland. The squad has several changes from the in the World Cup: middle-order batsman Thilina Kandamby and wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Chandimal have been recalled while there is no place for Thilan Samaraweera, Chamara Kapugedera and Rangana Herath.

There was recent speculation over the feasible inclusion of Jayasuriya, who turns 42 in June, following the thumb injury sustained by captain and opener Tillakaratne Dilshan in the second Check against England that has put him in doubt for the third Check, though they has been named in the limited-overs squad. Dilshan's injury means that Sri Lanka could be without their first-choice openers for the preliminary one-day games

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At CCLT20 cricket match Salman and His team

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Wednesday, June 8, 2011

At centre’s launch Cricket star - Anthony Spence

TWO budding South Tyneside cricketers enjoyed a masterclass with England ace Paul Collingwood at the opening of a North East academy that will find future stars.

Ben Reay and Anthony Spencer, of Boldon, will benefit from training, coaching and playing at the new Cricket Development Centre at Gateshead College.

Anthony, 17, said: I think the new centre is a wonderful idea and Im excited to reap the benefits when it opens in September.

The centre will run in partnership with Durham Cricket Board, the native county of Collingwood, who captained England in its 2010 World Cup victory,

All-rounder Collingwood added: The new centre is fantastic news for young individuals who are looking to continue to play cricket after leaving school.

m going to be able to study while gaining playing experience and training from a number of the region's top coaches.

The centre, at the college's multi-million pound Academy for Sport, will provide a two-year programme for 16-to-18-year-olds, including nine hours training each week from Durham County's cricket community coach, with video analysis, nutrition, physiotherapy, strength and conditioning, technical and tactical training, as well as net practice.

Itâ's an fascinating move for the region, and I am in full support of the college and its passion for developing sport in the region.

There's 24 work places and members can pursue work experience with Durham Cricket Board to provide career prospects.

Lewis Pendleton, college sports academy manager, said: The opening of our centre represents another move by the college to position our academy at the forefront of sport schooling in England.

We're delighted to have Paul Collingwood on board to support us with the launch and to give the scholars an insight in to his career.

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Celebrity Cricket League matches telecast on Four channels

Cricket fever's long tail continues as a new team contest kicks off with matches on three June in Bangalore.

The Celebrity Cricket League (CCL) has, for the first time, created a platform where film fraternities of the South & Bollywood will battle each other to be up on each other through cricket. The matches that will be played are unlike the plenty of cricket matches that have a combination of both cricketers as well as film actors; the CCL teams comprise male members from Mumbai, Tamil, Telugu & the Kannada filmdoms.

The teams are Mumbai Heroes with Salman Khan as captain, & Suneil Shetty as vice captian from Bollywood; Tamil Rhinos with Surya as captain & Abbas as vice captain from kollywood; Telugu Warriors with Venkatesh as captain & Vishnu as vice captain from Andhra Pradesh; & the Karnataka Bulldozers with Sudeep as captain & Dhruv as vice captain from Sandalwood.

The owners of the teams are: Mumbai Heroes Sohail Khan; Chennai Rhinos AMR Construction, GVR Infrastructure & the Prayusha Group with Bharati Cements as team sponsors.

Telugu Warriors  the Manjeera Group through Vishnu Manchu; Karnataka Bulldozers  AKK Entertainment Limited through Ashok Kheny, the managing director of the Nandi Infrastructure Corridor Enterprise Ltd (NICE);One of the ambassadors of the CCL is Shreya Sharan.

The opening ceremony in Bangalore will see about 1200 folk artists performing live with the main act by Sonu Niigaam along with the main leads of the Kannada film Prasad with Arjun Sarja & Madhuri Bhattacharya as hosts. Bhattacharya, along with Sandalwood actor Ambareesh, is the ambassador of the Karnataka team.

Informs CCL director Vishnu Induri, We have bought airtime for airing the matches live from Sahara nationally for Hindi & English broadcast, from Star's Vijay TV for Tamil broadcast, from Maa TV for the Telugu broadcast & from Star's Suvarna TV for Kannada broadcast. The IPR remains with us. Depending on future circumstances, they may sell broadcast rights to a channel.

For the next season, the organisers of CCL plan to add more teams to the tourney  from the Malayalam & the Bengali film industry.

The schedule of the three match tourney is:

June three in Bangalore 3pm: Chennai Rhinos vs Telugu Warriors & at 7pm: Karnataka Bulldozers vs Mumbai Heroes

June three in Chennai 1pm: Karnataka Bulldozers vs Chennai Rhinos: & at 5pm: Telugu Warriors vs Mumbai Heroes

June 11 in Vizag 3pm: Karnataka Bulldozers vs Telugu Warriors: & at 7pm: Chennai Rhinos vs Mumbai Heroes

June 12 in Hyderabad three pm: Finals.

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Salman dances for Mumbai Heroes

Salman Khan is quite a cricket fanatic and he is set to cancel one day of his hectic film work and all other commitments to shoot a music video for a cricket team.

We have learnt that the macho superstar is super excited that his brother, Sohail Khan, has bought a cricket team (and named it Mumbai Heroes) in the celebrity cricket league. So, when Sohail asked Sallu if he could shoot a peppy, foot-tapping video for the team, he readily said yes and changed his schedule.

An insider gave us more details. "For the first time Bollywood celebrities have joined hands with Tollywood industry to do this. Salman is the patron of the Mumbai Heroes team owned with brother Sohail. The team has celebrities from both small and big screen. Popular theatre artiste Makrand Deshpande is the wicket keeper and the captain of the team is Suniel Shetty.

The source adds, "Now, Sohail has roped in Dabangg composers Sajid-Wajid to give him a super cool dance anthem for the team. We hear Wajid has even sung for it and Sohail is very happy with what they have created. The owner thought he must have a big music video for his team. As soon as Salman heard Sohail's plans, he gave him a date and changed his entire schedule to fit in this particular shoot. It will be a racy, chic video.

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At CCL Unlimited fun for spectators

The Celebrity Cricket League (CCL) is the next big thing happening in the City after the Indian Premier League. And there’s more excitement, thanks to the presence of the home team ‘Karnataka Bulldozers’.

The jersey and the theme song of ‘Karnataka Bulldozers’ were launched amidst much fanfare in a city hotel recently. Present at the launch were Ashok Kheny, the director of AKK Entertainment and the team owner, Sudeep, the team captain, CCL brand ambassador Shriya Saran, Karnataka Bulldozers’ brand ambassador Madhuri Bhattacharya and producer Rockline Venkatesh.

The theme song titled Karnataka Bulldozers Gellabeku, Karnataka Bulldozers sung by Sonu Nigam, Kunal Ganjawala and Sowmya Rao was also launched on the occasion. Vijay Prakash of Jai Ho fame, who sung one more theme song Dhoom Dhamaka Dum Mare, enthralled the audience with the song. A group of boys and girls, dressed in bright costumes, danced to the song.

The ‘Karnataka Bulldozers’ walked the ramp, dressed in the newly launched blue jersey. Brimming with energy actors Sudeep, Diganth, Chiranjeevi Sarja, Rahul, Dharma Keertiraj said that they were all set for the battle.

After launching the new jersey and a calendar containing the photos and birthdays of actors, Ashok Kheny said, “I am very passionate about my team. The idea of participating in the CCL is to promote the rich culture and sportsmanship of the State along with highlighting the strength of Kannada film fraternity. The opening ceremony will see about 1,200 folk artistes performing live along with Sonu Nigam. Portions of the amount collected from ticket sales will be used for the welfare of specially challenged children.”

Sudeep said that he is confident about his team. “People may assume that these matches are just for fun. But, we have taken it seriously. We have a physiotherapist and a trainer to guide us. The CCL is helping us break the monotony of filmdom,” he opined. He thanked the Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce for declaring holiday during the match. Terming CCL as an interesting concept, Shriya Saran said, “Only two things rule this country — films and cricket. The CCL is the marriage between these two, hence it will be a great success.” Madhuri Bhattacharya said, “I have faith that ‘Karnataka Bulldozers’ will bring home the Cup.”

The first match of CCL between ‘Karnataka Bulldozers’ led by Sudeep and ‘Mumbai Heroes’ led by Salman Khan under the captaincy of Suniel Shetty will be held in the City at Chinnaswamy Stadium on June 4.

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