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Posted by anccricket on October 21, 2011 at 1:15 AM Comments comments (0)

T20 World Cup 2012 will begin on Tuesday, September 18, 2012 in Sri Lanka as per cricket schedule announced. ICC World Twenty20 2012 is an international tournament to be organized by Sri Lanka. T20 World Cup 2012 will consist of 27 Twenty20 matches to be hosted by Sri Lanka in Sep-Oct 2012. The T20 World Cup 2012 tournament is a part of Future Tour Programs prepared by International Cricket Council (ICC). Sri Lanka will host this tournament, beginning on September 18, 2012. In T20 World Cup 2012 bilateral series, first T20 match would be between Sri Lanka - Zimbabwe on Sep 18, 2012 at 19:30 local time to be played at Mahinda Rajapaksa International Stadium, Hambantota.

Twenty20 Cricket has never failed to enthrall and captivate the minds of cricketing viewers and spectators round the globe. Since its early days, T20 Cricket came under constant criticism. But with the unprecedented success of the inaugural edition of the International Twenty20 World Cup, all questions over the longevity of the shortest format of Cricket was put to rest once and for all. To globalize T20 Cricket throughout the globe, the International Cricket Council decided to host T20 World Cups every 2 years. The year 2012 will see the next edition of the World T20, to be played in the Asian country of Sri Lanka.


The Twenty20 World Cup 2012 is the 4th edition of the T20 World Cup. This international T20 cricketing event will be hosted by the island country of Sri Lanka. In fact, this is the first time that this grand tournament will be hosted by an Asian country. Although the official dates have not been announced by the ICC, the championship will start from early September 2012 and continue up to the last week of the same month. Just like all other cricket tournaments and series, the ICC World T20 Championship is a part of the innovative Future Tour Programs (FTP).


The ICC will release the official cricket fixture of the World T20 to the public and the media very soon, as assured by the officials at ICC. This year, the number of qualifying teams has been raised from 12 to 16. This implies, the minnows and the associate countries stand a chance to compete against the big teams and gain experience. For that, a qualifying round will be held in the first quarter of 2012. The first game of the ICC T20 World Championship 2012 will be underway from Monday, September 12, 2012.

The matches will be held in Galle, Kandy and Colombo. The finals, though, will be held at the legendary R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo. It is one of the magnificent cricketing venues of the modern age. In the distant past, it has been witness to great cricketing spectacles, including quarter finals and semi finals of Cricket World Cup 2011 and 1996. Also, it would be interesting to see whether an Asian country will host the cup, or will it be a new name to lift up the coveted T20 World Championship crown. It’s just a matter of time, before the winner is exposed to the cricketing fraternity.


Group A – England, India, Qualifier 2

Group B – Australia, West Indies, Qualifier 1

Group C – Sri Lanka, South Africa, Zimbabwe

Group D – Pakistan, New Zealand, Bangladesh


Super Eight (S8) Groups

Group 1 – A1, B2, C1, D2

Group 2 – A2, B1, C2, D1



18-Sep-2012 19:30 14:00 Group C : Sri Lanka vs Zimbabwe, 1st T20 Hambantota

19-Sep-2012 15:30 10:00 Group B : Australia vs TBC, 2nd T20 Colombo

19-Sep-2012 19:30 14:00 Group A : India vs TBC, 3rd T20 Colombo

20-Sep-2012 19:30 14:00 Group C : South Africa vs Zimbabwe, 4th T20 Hambantota

21-Sep-2012 15:30 10:00 Group D : New Zealand vs Bangladesh, 5th T20 Kandy

21-Sep-2012 19:30 14:00 Group A : England vs TBC, 6th T20 Colombo

22-Sep-2012 15:30 10:00 Group C : Sri Lanka vs South Africa, 7th T20 Hambantota

22-Sep-2012 19:30 14:00 Group B : Australia vs West Indies, 8th T20 Colombo

23-Sep-2012 15:30 10:00 Group D : New Zealand vs Pakistan, 9th T20 Kandy

23-Sep-2012 19:30 14:00 Group A : England vs India, 10th T20 Colombo

24-Sep-2012 19:30 14:00 Group B : West Indies vs TBC, 11th T20 Colombo

25-Sep-2012 19:30 14:00 Group D : Bangladesh vs Pakistan, 12th T20 Kandy

27-Sep-2012 15:30 10:00 Super Eights, Group 1 : TBC vs TBC, 13th T20 Kandy

27-Sep-2012 19:30 14:00 Super Eights, Group 1 : TBC vs TBC, 14th T20 Kandy

28-Sep-2012 15:30 10:00 Super Eights, Group 2 : TBC vs TBC, 15th T20 Colombo

28-Sep-2012 19:30 14:00 Super Eights, Group 2 : TBC vs TBC, 16th T20 Colombo

29-Sep-2012 15:30 10:00 Super Eights, Group 1 : TBC vs TBC, 17th T20 Kandy

29-Sep-2012 19:30 14:00 Super Eights, Group 1 : TBC vs TBC, 18th T20 Kandy

30-Sep-2012 15:30 10:00 Super Eights, Group 2 : TBC vs TBC, 19th T20 Colombo

30-Sep-2012 19:30 14:00 Super Eights, Group 2 : TBC vs TBC, 20th T20 Colombo

1-Oct-2012 15:30 10:00 Super Eights, Group 1 : TBC vs TBC, 21st T20 Kandy

1-Oct-2012 19:30 14:00 Super Eights, Group 1 : TBC vs TBC, 22nd T20 Kandy

2-Oct-2012 15:30 10:00 Super Eights, Group 2 : TBC vs TBC, 23rd T20 Colombo

2-Oct-2012 19:30 14:00 Super Eights, Group 2 : TBC vs TBC, 24th T20 Colombo

4-Oct-2012 19:00 13:30 TBC vs TBC, 1st Semi Final T20 Colombo

5-Oct-2012 19:00 13:30 TBC vs TBC, 2nd Semi Final T20 Colombo

7-Oct-2012 19:00 13:30 TBC vs TBC, Final T20 Colombo

India beat England , clinch ODI series

Posted by anccricket on October 21, 2011 at 12:55 AM Comments comments (0)

England blundered away their last chance of winning the one-day series in India during an error-ridden and ill-tempered defeat — and were then accused by Mahendra Singh Dhoni of breaching the spirit of cricket. The result, in the balance when India needed 30 off three overs in pursuit of 299, handed the hosts a 3-0 lead with two to play.



Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni smashed two fours in the final over as India beat England by five wickets on Thursday to take a decisive 3-0 lead in the five-match one-day series.Young batsman Ajinkya Rahane top-scored with 91 and Gautam Gambhir hit 58 as the world champions surpassed England's challenging 298-4 with four balls to spare in a thrilling day-night match.India were struggling at 235-5 in the 42nd over before Dhoni and Ravindra Jadeja steered the hosts home with an unbeaten 65-run stand for the sixth wicket.


With 17 needed off the last two overs, the pair took 10 runs in the 49th bowled by Jade Dernbach, before Dhoni smashed the first two balls of the final over from Tim Bresnan for boundaries to clinch victory.Dhoni returned unbeaten on 35 and Jadeja was on 26 as the new-look Indians, without seven players who won the World Cup final against Sri Lanka in April, took the series.The tourists, who were thrashed by 126 runs and eight wickets in the previous two games, needed a win to stay afloat in the series.


England began well as an unbeaten 98 from Jonathan Trott inspired a batting revival that helped them post 298-4. Samit Patel pounded an unbeaten 70 off 43 balls and Kevin Pietersen scored 64 as England's batting finally came good after skipper Alastair Cook won the toss in the day-night game.


When India batted, Rahane put on 79 for the first wicket with Parthiv Patel and 111 for the second with Gambhir to lift India to a comfortable 190-1 by the 34th over. England hit back with four wickets for 45 runs as fast bowler Steven Finn removed Gambhir and Rahane, Bresnan dismissed Suresh Raina for zero and Graeme Swann trapped Virat Kohli leg-before for 35. But Dhoni and Jadeja turned the game around with a match-winning stand in front of 25,000 excited home fans.


Earlier, Trott and Pietersen, who came together at 53-2, put on 101 for the third wicket on an even-paced pitch ideal for shot-making. Trott then added 103 for the unbroken fifth with Patel, who hit two sixes and seven fours as England plundered 91 runs in the last 10 overs. Trott, who was on 94 at the start of the final over from Vinay Kumar, took three runs from the first two deliveries but managed only a single off the fifth to be denied a fourth one-day hundred. The fourth one-dayer will be played in Mumbai on Sunday.

Mumbai Indians Win Champions League Cricket 2011

Posted by anccricket on October 11, 2011 at 12:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Mumbai Indians turned on their spin power and beat fancied Royal Challengers Bangalore by 31 runs in the final of the Nokia Champions League T20 tournament, in Chennai on Sunday.

After restricting Mumbai Indians to 139 built around a fighting 41 by James Frankling, RCB, who had successfully chased 200-plus targets in two consecutive matches coming into the final, struggled on a slow pitch that afforded turn and fell to 108 in a very disappointing batting performance. Mumbai Indians, without half-a-dozen key players owing into injury, including Sachin Tendulkar, went home richer by $2.5 million while RCB received $1.3 million.

Spearheading the Mumbai victory was skipper and off-spinner Harbhajan Singh who came away with 3 for 20 and young leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal (2 for 9 in three overs) while seamers Lasith Malinga (2 for 23), Abu Nechim (2 for 26) and Kieron Pollard picked up timely wickets to complete a fine win.

Yet, Mumbai Indians bowling was anything but disciplined as they sent down 14 wides and a no-ball as Mr Extras contributed 20 runs.The RCB chase began on a typical note with a flurry of boundaries off Tillkaratne Dilshan's bat while the other opener Chris Gayle barely got a look in. The pair put on 38 runs in four overs. Skipper Harbhajan Singh opted to bowl Lasith Malinga a third over and the move paid off as the Sri Lankan ace knocked back Dilshan's off-stump to draw first blood. Harbhajan brought himself on for the next over and trapped a tentative Gayle in front.

The struggles for RCB began soon as the slow pitch that offered a bit of turn seemed to suit the Mumbai bowlers who gave little away. In fact, the RCB batsmen appeared ill at ease when the spinners were introduced and sure enough, they lost Mayank Agarwal, Virat Kohli and Arun Karthik in quick succession.

Agarwal holed out to Pollard in the deep off leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal and then an impatient Kohli gifted his wicket to Harbhajan, attempting a slog-sweep and caught at mid-wicket. RCB slid deeper into the quick sand when in the next over, Karthik departed, caught in the deep off Chahal.

Thus, going into the final six overs, RCB needed 63 runs and the mounting pressure told on the batsmen as wickets continued to fall at regular intervals as Mumbai eventually ran out deserving winners.Earlier, Mumbai batsmen too struggled to get going. It was left-arm spinner and skipper Daniel Vettori (2 for 30) and seamer Raju Bhatkal (3 for 21) who did the bulk of damage after an early strike by new ball bowler Dirk Nannes who was quick and hostile.

Barring Franklin, there was hardly any worthwhile effort from the other batsmen, a couple of whom threw away good starts.As such, Mumbai Indians were left to wonder what might have been as they wasted all the hard work through some sloppy batting that led to as many as three run outs and a few soft dismissals just when they were looking to accelerate.

At the top of the order, opener Aiden Blizzard was needlessly run out with his partner Sarul Kanwar ball watching rather than responding to a call for a single that was very much on. Both the openers were caught at the non-striker's end, leading to Blizzard's dismissal.

A while later, Kanwar was bowled by Nannes before Mumbai staged a brief recovery through Ambatti Rayudu (22) and Franklin, but they suffered a series of setbacks that weighed downJust when the Mumbai innings seemed to stabilize, they lost a bunch of wickets as Rayudu flat-batted seamer Raju Bhatkal to Gayle at covers, Yadav caught short of the crease backing up as was Franklin attempting a second run.

Then came a double strike by Vettori as he removed Kieron Pollard (2) and Harbhajan (0) in three deliveries to leave Mumbai in tatters at 109 for seven in the 17th over.The Mumbai innings continued to crumble as Bhatkal also struck twice in the 19th over after a couple of sixes by Malinga and Sathish to boost the total, but eventually, they were bundled out 139, a total that seemed well within the reach of the big hitting Bangalore boys, but it wasn't as it turned out to be.




Posted by cricketfan on September 25, 2011 at 1:00 AM Comments comments (0)



16 Dec 10 South Africa vs India 1st Test Centurion, Tshwane 14:00 IST

26 Dec 10 South Africa vs India 2nd Test Kingsmead, Durban 13:30 IST

02 Jan 11 South Africa vs India 3rd Test Newlands, Cape Town 14:00 IST

09 Jan 11 South Africa vs India One-off T20 Int Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban 18:00 IST

12 Jan 11 South Africa vs India 1st ODI Kingsmead, Durban 18:00 IST

15 Jan 11 South Africa vs India 2nd ODI New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg 18:00 IST

18 Jan 11 South Africa vs India 3rd ODI Newlands, Cape Town 18:00 IST

21 Jan 11 South Africa vs India 4th ODI St George's Park, Port Elizabeth 18:00 IST

23 Jan 11 South Africa vs India 5th ODI Centurion, Tshwane 13:30 IST


19 Feb 11 India vs Bangladesh Match 1 Shere Bangla National Stadium, Dhaka 14:00 IST

27 Feb 11 India vs England Match 11 Eden Gardens, Kolkata (Calcutta) 14:30 IST

06 Mar 11 India vs Ireland Match 22 M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore - Karnataka 14:30 IST

09 Mar 11 India vs Netherlands Match 25 Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi 14:30 IST

12 Mar 11 India vs South Africa Match 29 Vidarbha Cricket Association Ground, Nagpur 14:30 IST

20 Mar 11 India vs West Indies Match 42 MA Chidambaram Stadium (Chepauk), Chennai (Madras) 14:30 IST


04 Jun 11 West Indies vs India 1st T20 Int Queen's Park Oval, Port of Spain, Trinidad 23:30 IST

06 Jun 11 West Indies vs India 1st ODI Queen's Park Oval, Port of Spain, Trinidad 19:00 IST

11 Jun 11 West Indies vs India 3rd ODI Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, Antigua 19:00 IST

13 Jun 11 West Indies vs India 4th ODI Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, Antigua 19:00 IST

16 Jun 11 West Indies vs India 5th ODI Sabina Park, Kingston - Jamaica 20:00 IST

20 Jun 11 West Indies vs India 1st Test Sabina Park, Kingston - Jamaica 20:30 IST

28 Jun 11 West Indies vs India 2nd Test Kensington Oval, Bridgetown, Barbados 19:30 IST

06 Jul 11 West Indies vs India 3rd Test Windsor Park, Roseau, Dominica 19:30 IST


21 Jul 11 England vs India 1st Test Lord's, London 15:30 IST

29 Jul 11 England vs India 2nd Test Trent Bridge, Nottingham 15:30 IST

10 Aug 11 England vs India 3rd Test Edgbaston, Birmingham 15:30 IST

18 Aug 11 England vs India 4th Test Kennington Oval (The Oval), London 15:30 IST

31 Aug 11 England vs India One-off T20 Int Old Trafford, Manchester 22:30 IST

03 Sep 11 England vs India 1st ODI Riverside Ground, Chester-le-Street 14:45 IST

06 Sep 11 England vs India 2nd ODI The Rose Bowl, Southampton 14:45 IST

09 Sep 11 England vs India 3rd ODI Kennington Oval (The Oval), London 14:45 IST

11 Sep 11 England vs India 4th ODI Lord's, London 14:45 IST

16 Sep 11 England vs India 5th ODI Sophia Gardens, Cardiff - Wales 14:45 IST




14 Oct 11 India vs England 1st ODI  Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad  14:30 IST

17 Oct 11 India vs England 2nd ODI Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi 14:30 IST

20 Oct 11 India vs England 3rd ODI Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali 14:30 IST

23 Oct 11 India vs England 4th ODI  Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai 14:30 IST

26 Oct 11 India vs England 5th ODI Eden Gardens, Kolkata 14:30 IST


29 Oct 11 India vs England  1st  T20 Int Eden Gardens, Kolkata 19:30 IST


Nov 29, 2011 14:30 (IST) 1st ODI (D/N) Barabati Stadium, Cuttack India vs West Indies 

Dec 02, 2011 14:30 (IST) 2nd ODI (D/N) ACA-VDCA Stadium, Visakhapatnam India vs West Indies 

Dec 05, 2011 14:30 (IST) 3rd ODI (D/N) Sardar Patel Gujarat Stadium, Motera India vs West Indies 

Dec 08, 2011 14:30 (IST) 4th ODI (D/N) Holkar Cricket Stadium, Indore India vs West Indies 

Dec 11, 2011 14:30 (IST) 5th ODI (D/N) MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai India vs West Indies 




26 Dec 11 Australia vs India 1st Test Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), Melbourne 05:00 IST

03 Jan 12 Australia vs India 2nd Test Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG), Sydney 05:00 IST

13 Jan 12 Australia vs India 3rd Test W.A.C.A. Ground, Perth 08:00 IST

24 Jan 12 Australia vs India 4th Test Adelaide Oval, Adelaide 05:30 IST


01 Feb 12 Australia vs India 1st T20 Int Stadium Australia, Sydney 14:55 IST

03 Feb 12 Australia vs India 2nd T20 Int Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), Melbourne 1




05 Feb 12 Australia vs India Match 1 Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), Melbourne 08:50 IST

08 Feb 12 India vs Sri Lanka Match 2 W.A.C.A. Ground, Perth 08:50 IST

10 Feb 12 Australia vs Sri Lanka Match 3 W.A.C.A. Ground, Perth 08:50 IST

12 Feb 12 Australia vs India Match 4 Adelaide Oval, Adelaide 08:50 IST

14 Feb 12 India vs Sri Lanka Match 5 Adelaide Oval, Adelaide 08:50 IST

17 Feb 12 Australia vs Sri Lanka Match 6 Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG), Sydney 08:50 IST

19 Feb 12 Australia vs India Match 7 Brisbane Cricket Ground (Woolloongabba), Brisbane 08:50 IST

21 Feb 12 India vs Sri Lanka Match 8 Brisbane Cricket Ground (Woolloongabba), Brisbane 08:50 IST

24 Feb 12 Australia vs Sri Lanka Match 9 Bellerive Oval, Hobart 08:50 IST

26 Feb 12 Australia vs India Match 10 Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG), Sydney 08:50 IST

28 Feb 12 India vs Sri Lanka Match 11 Bellerive Oval, Hobart 08:50 IST

02 Mar 12 Australia vs Sri Lanka Match 12 Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), Melbourne 08:50 IST

04 Mar 12 T.B.C. vs T.B.C. 1st Final Brisbane Cricket Ground (Woolloongabba), Brisbane 08:50 IST

06 Mar 12 T.B.C. vs T.B.C. 2nd Final Adelaide Oval, Adelaide 08:50 IST

08 Mar 12 T.B.C. vs T.B.C. 3rd Final Adelaide Oval, Adelaide 08:50 IST

Champions League Cricket Schedule 2011

Posted by anccricket on September 24, 2011 at 2:25 AM Comments comments (0)

The Champions League Twenty20 2011 comes with a twist in that there is the precursor of the Champions League Twenty20 2011 qualifier tournament, the schedule for which was recently announced.


Slated for the 19th to 21st of September, the CLT20 2011 Qualifier will allow three of the six participating teams to move further to the CLT20 2011 main draw. While England have yet to finalize the Twenty20 tournament winners as are Sri Lanka, only one team from Sri Lanka will get into the qualifying process as against the two from England. Trinidad and Tobago will represent the West Indies while the Auckland Aces make their debut as the team from New Zealand.


The Champions League Twenty20 2011 may have an additional Indian flavor because apart from the three teams already scheduled to participate in the main tournament, the Kolkata Knight Riders have an outside chance of joining the top three teams of the IPL 4 season if they manage to beat the other teams in the Champions League Twenty20 qualifier to one of the three spots.


All of the Champions Leaguer Twenty20 2011 matches will be played virtually back to back in Hyderbad in order to complete the qualifying tournament as part of the prelude to the Champions League Twenty20 2011.


Champions League Twenty20 2011 Qualifier Schedule, Results:


19 September - Trinidad & Tobago v Ruhunu


19 September - Kolkata Knight Riders v Auckland Aces


20 September - Trinidad & Tobago v Leicestershire Foxes


20 September -  Somerset v Auckland Aces


21 September -  Leicestershire Foxes v  Ruhunu


21 September - Kolkata Knight Riders v  Somerset

Champions League Twenty20 2011 Main Matches

23rd September Friday Bengaluru 8.00pm - Royal Challengers Bangalore (IND) v Warriors (SA)



24th September Saturday Chennai 4.00pm - Cape Cobras (SA) v NSW Blues (Aus)


8.00pm - Chennai Super Kings (IND) v Mumbai Indians (IND)


25th September Sunday Hyderabad 4.00pm - Warriors (SA) v South Australian Redbacks (Aus)


8.00pm - Kolkata Knight Riders vs Somerset


26th September Monday Bengaluru 8.00pm -  Mumbai Indians v Trinidad and Tobago


27th September Tuesday  Hyderabad 8.00pm - Kolkata Knight Riders  v South Australian Redbacks (Aus)


28th September Wednesday Chennai 4.00pm - NSW Blues v Trinidad and Tobago


8.00pm - Chennai Super Kings (IND) v Cape Cobras (SA)


29th September Thursday 8.00pm  Bengaluru - Kolkata Knight Riders v Royal Challengers Bangalore (IND)


30th September Friday Bengaluru - Mumbai Indians (IND) v Cape Cobras (SA)


1st October Saturday  Bengaluru 4.00pm - South Australian Redbacks (Aus) v Somerset


8.00pm -  Kolkata Knight Riders v Warriors (SA)


2nd October Sunday Chennai 4.00pm - Mumbai Indians (IND) v NSW Blues (Aus)


8.00pm - Chennai Super Kings (IND) v Trinidad and Tobago


3rd October Monday 8.00pm Bengaluru - Royal Challengers Bangalore (IND) v Somerset


4th October Tuesday Chennai 4.00pm - Cape Cobras v Trinidad and Tobago


8.00pm - Chennai Super Kings v NSW Blues


5th October Wednesday Bengaluru 4.00pm - Warriors v Somerset


8.00pm - Royal Challengers Bangalore (IND) v South Australian Redbacks (Aus)


7th October Thursday Bengaluru 8.00pm - Champions League Twenty20 2011 Semi final 1


1st Group B v 2nd Group A


8th October Friday Chennai 8.00pm - Champions League Twenty20 2011 Semi Final 2 


1st Group A v 2nd Group B


9th October Saturday 8.00pm Chennai - Champions League Twenty20 2011 Final , Winner of Semi Final 1 v Winner of Semi Final 2



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Champions League Cricket 2011 Teams

Posted by anccricket on September 19, 2011 at 9:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Auckland Aces  -  Andre Adams, James Adams, Michael Bates, Colin de Grandhomme, Martin Guptill, Roneel Hira, Gareth Hopkins, Anaru Kitchen, Bruce Martin, Chris Martin, Kyle Mills, Colin Munro, Daryl Tuffey, Rob Quiney, Lou Vincent

Cape Cobras  -  JP Duminy, Herschelle Gibbs, Justin Kemp, Rory Kleinveldt, Charl Langeveldt, Richard Levi, Johann Louw, Justin Ontong, Robin Peterson, Vernon Philander, Andrew Puttick, Michael Rippon, Owais Shah, Dale Steyn, Dane Vilas

Chennai Super Kings  -  R Ashwin, S Badrinath, Doug Bollinger, Dwayne Bravo, MS Dhoni, Michael Hussey, Shadab Jakati, Albie Morkel, Suresh Raina, Suraj Randiv, Wriddhiman Saha, S Anirudha, Tim Southee, Scott Styris, M Vijay

Kolkata Knight Riders -  Iqbal Abdulla, Shakib Al Hasan, L Balaji, Rajat Bhatia, Manvinder Bisla, Gautam Gambhir, Brad Haddin, Jacques Kallis, Brett Lee, Eoin Morgan, Yusuf Pathan, Shami Ahmed, Ryan ten Doeschate, Manoj Tiwary, Jaidev Unadkat

Mumbai Indians  -  Aiden Blizzard, Yuzvendra Chahal, James Franklin, Davy Jacobs, Dhawal Kulkarni, Suryakumar Yadav, Lasith Malinga, Ali Murtaza, Munaf Patel, Kieron Pollard, Ambati Rayudu, Rohit Sharma, Harbhajan Singh, T Suman, Sachin Tendulkar

New South Wales -  Stuart Clark, Patrick Cummins, Nathan Hauritz, Josh Hazelwood, Moises Henriques, Phillip Hughes, Simon Katich, Nic Maddinson, Steve O'Keefe, Ben Rohrer, Daniel Smith, Steven Smith, Mitchell Starc, David Warner, Shane Watson

Bangalore Royal Challengers -  Mayank Agarwal, S Aravind, Raju Bhatkal, AB de Villiers, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Chris Gayle, Arun Karthik, Virat Kohli, Mohammad Kaif, Abhimanyu Mithun, J Syed Mohammed, Dirk Nannes, Asad Pathan, Saurabh Tiwary Daniel Vettori

Ruhuna -  Mahela Udawatte, Dinesh Chandimal, Sanath Jayasuriya, Janaka Gunaratne, Milinda Siriwardana, TM Sampath, Yashodha Lanka, Shihan Kamileen, Amal Athulathmudali, Arosh Janoda, Shalika Karunanayake, Omesh Wijesiriwardene, Alankara Asanka Silva, Chinthaka Perera, Bhanuka Rajapaksa

South Australia -  Cameron Borgas, Daniel Christian, Tom Cooper, Callum Ferguson, Daniel Harris, Michael Klinger, Nathan Lyon, Tim Ludeman, Aaron O'Brien, Gary Putland, Adil Rashid, Kane Richardson, Chadd Sayers, James Smith, Shaun Tait

Trinidad & Tobago -  Samuel Badree, Adrian Barath, Darren Bravo, Kevon Cooper, Rayad Emrit, Daren Ganga, Sherwin Ganga, Shannon Gabriel, Jason Mohammed, Dave Mohammed, Sunil Narine, William Perkins, Denesh Ramdin, Ravi Rampaul, Lendl Simmons

Warriors -  Johan Botha, Nicky Boje, Mark Boucher, Andrew Birch, Colin Ingram, Justin Kreusch, Lyall Meyer, Makhaya Ntini, Wayne Parnell, Ashwell Prince, Jon-Jon Smuts, Kelly Smuts, Rusty Theron, Craig Thyssen, Lonwabo Tsotsobe

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BCCI axes Kochi from IPL 2012

Posted by anccricket on September 19, 2011 at 9:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Kochi Tuskers Kerala are in the news yet again. And not surprisingly, it’s for the wrong reasons. According to BCCI sources , the new franchise of the Indian Premier League has been suspended for defaulting on payments.

Informed sources say the Kochi consortium has not responded to repeated reminders from IPL authorities about the payments.


According to sources, the team has not renewed its bank guarantee which it has to renew every year. The team was bought for Rs 1,550 crore and the consortium has to pay a bank guarantee of Rs.156 crore every year for the next 10 years. The board is also hearing their plea to shift base from Kochi to Ahmedabad. None of the board officials was willing to discuss this, but a Team Kochi official categorically refuted the claim that they have defaulted on payment.


“We don’t owe one single paisa to the board,” a top team official said, clarifying that their payments have been regular. “On the contrary, the BCCI owes us the money. We are yet to receive the last installment of the television revenue that is due to us,” the official remarked. According to him, the team has received two installments of its share from the central revenue of the IPL, but the last installment, of Rs15 crore, has not yet been paid to them.


The official further said that the bank guarantee of Rs156 crore paid to the BCCI is valid up to September 27. “We have received a letter and we have replied to the board that it (the bank guarantee) will be sent in due course.”


The official also stated that the team is being harassed. “We face a lot of problems in Kochi and we have sought permission to shift our base. We have not received any reply from the BCCI. And now, we get these notices. If they take any action, we will have no choice but to explore legal options,” he said.


Posted by anccricket on September 13, 2011 at 9:25 AM Comments comments (0)

The ICC today announced its ODI Team of the Year, as chosen by a specially appointed selection panel chaired by West Indian batting legend and former captain Clive Lloyd.

The announcement was made at a special function ahead of the LG ICC Awards ceremony which is being held this evening at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London. Presented in association with FICA, the LG ICC Awards recognise the best international players and officials of the past 12 months.

ICC ODI Team of the Year (in batting order)

Tillakaratne Dilshan ( Sri Lanka )

Virender Sehwag ( India )

Kumar Sangakkara ( Sri Lanka )

AB de Villiers ( South Africa )

Shane Watson ( Australia )

Yuvraj Singh ( India )

MS Dhoni ( India - wicketkeeper/captain )

Graeme Swann ( England )

Umar Gul ( Pakistan )

Dale Steyn ( South Africa )

Zaheer Khan ( India )

12th Man – Lasith Malinga ( Sri Lanka )

Six countries are represented in the 12-man line-up and just one player – Mahendra Singh Dhoni of India – four years in a row. The ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 winning captain keeps wicket and leads the side and is joined by fellow ICC ODI Team of the Year 2009 members AB de Villiers of South Africa and Shane Watson of Australia.

There are four Indians in the side, all of whom were involved in India’s ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 victory over Sri Lanka in Mumbai in April of the year. Meanwhile Sri Lanka’s Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kumar Sangakkara and Lasith Malinga, who were all part of the side that lost out to Dhoni’s men in the final on 2 April 2011 at Wankhede Stadium, are selected for the team too.

Chairman of the LG ICC Awards selection panel, Lloyd said: “This has been an outstanding year for 50-over cricket. I think everyone saw in the ICC Cricket World Cup how exciting this format can be.

“The ICC Cricket World Cup was rightly applauded as one of the greatest in history and no one who was in Mumbai will forget that remarkable evening.

“The ODI team of the year reflects the success of India with four players selected - Virender Sehwag, Yuvraj Singh, M S Dhoni and Zaheer Khan. Yuvraj was, of course, the player of the tournament and MS Dhoni, the man of the match in the final, whilst fellow finalists Sri Lanka has three players in the side.”

Lloyd was joined on the panel by former Pakistan captain Zaheer Abbas, former England captain Mike Gatting, former New Zealand bowler Danny Morrison and former South African bowler Paul Adams. Statistics were available as a guide but were not necessarily the overwhelming factor in the choices made.

The ICC ODI Team of the Year was one of two teams selected by the ICC selection panel along with the Test line-up which was announced last month.

India or England? Who deserve the No.1 tag more?

Posted by anccricket on July 30, 2011 at 6:50 AM Comments comments (0)

We have heard above phrases time and again by various TV commentators. But they them selves seem to have forgotten this, especially from English side. India lost a test match and it seems heaven has fall down and people have already tagged England No.1 side of the test playing nations. I am simply amazed and utterly surprised by the former English players’ statements since Lord’s test was over. There was no second thought that India lost the test match and lost it very badly. But series has just started. You want to be number one; you are most welcome, if you deserve to be. But you can’t be No. 1 on beating a No. 1 side in one match.

As per ICC, England need to have clear gap of two wins at the end of the series to be No.1. This is just one win and three more tests are to go. How can you start speaking like this on the first place after just one test? We have seen in past that Indians are always slow starters during foreign tours. This may not be any different series. If we do not go far, just look at last series between these two countries in England, India just hung on to a draw in first test and then went on to win the Nottingham test and then won the series. But English Ex Cricketers, who actually should be more cautious then fans, are writing off Indians just on performance of first test, as if Englishmen are playing against Bangladesh or Zimbabwe. The first test performance was poor and it should be condemned. But one should not ignore the fact that it went on till last session, had few of Indian batsmen stuck to their tasks and avoid being against their natural batting style or not playing bad shots, this could have been an easy draw. I am not saying because I am an Indian, but this has happened in past, against New Zealand, when Gautam Gambhir played for eight hours or so and made a draw possible. Remember, India won the series there too, so this can be a repeat of it.

But English greats and two African greats are thinking otherwise. Geoffrey Boycott who always been an admirer of Indians and a biggest critic of English team, as suddenly changed sides , sensing his team has greater chance to be No.1 this time, he has already written an obituary for India. He said that, “this is beginning of India’s end and England will be No. 1”. I wonder, how come a former test player like Boycott, who has seen more ups and downs of the game then any one else and who was also part of a team which beat Australia after getting follow on, can say like this? Yes one can understand if India is 0-2 down, but based on first test results? It’s shocking.

Another legendary cricketer and all time great all rounder, Ian Botham has gone even one step forward. He said, “We are now un officially No.1”. Again the same question, after only one test? If that is the case then why this test series has to be four match series and not one off? One of the best fast bowlers of all time, Allan Donald also joined Sir Botham and said, “England deserved to be No. 1”. Why? Because your country South Africa doesn’t deserve it to be? What is your parameters Donald sir to call some team No 1? I can sense only one parameter; it should be a non Indian / sub continental team. Another shocker came from Nasser Hussain. When he is in commentary box of an Indian TV channel, he is so nice, even questions third umpire’s decision to give not out Kevin Pietersen because of lack of “strong evidence”. But when Times of India interviewed him, he says, “M.S.Dhoni’s team doesn’t value their No.1 rank”. Oh my god!! If they do not value then how come they are still No. 1 and not lost a series for almost two years now? And how will Englishmen value it? By keeping it at Lord’s museum and not allowing any one to touch it?

The same English people and media always criticized Aussies and Indians not being sporting enough, over appealing, faking injuries. But what about English coach, Zimbabwean, Andy Flower barring Monty Panesar from giving net practice to Sachin Tendulkar? So when some one else is on top, you expect them to be sporting, but when you are nearing on the top spot, you can be unsporting. Applause!!

I have never seen even Australian media and their ex cricketers in recent past, talking like this. Even during that Sydney test incident, most of the Australian journalists and cricketers took side of Indians rather then Australians. Then why this time the past English players are so much over boarded and giving interviews like this? Reason, what I can see is very simple. This is first time may be in history despite being starters of the game, if not in history then since the incorporation of ICC rankings, England has best chance to become No. 1. England never won a world cup of cricket, despite being founder of it. They have been at finals for many times but always been on the losing side. Boycott, Botham both were on loosing side when England were in a World Cup finals in past. They only have one big trophy in their show case and that is T20 world cup. But we all know how much a T20 championship trophy values against ICC Cricket World Cup trophy or a No. 1 spot in a test match. So this is their desperation which is showing up. They want to be at top at any cost. Hence they are feeling that by doing this, they will demoralize Indian team and buck up their home side. There is nothing wrong in losing No.1 position, if India is to after the series. But then there should be some calmness. Be No.1 no one is stopping you but first make hard work of it.

It is good if we say less about Indian media and ex cricketers. They make our team hero to zero on one performance. But after seeing this, they should take leaf out of English cricketers’ book and start reporting positive about our team and rally behind them. Stop giving undue importance to those ex English cricketers who can’t say at least one good thing about our team. We are still No.1 and chances of England taking over are still less. India needs to win at least a test to crash English dreams. Criticize you team on their bad performances, but do not overdo it. I know our players watch/read neither English nor Indian media, but this may change their way of thinking and start watching Indian media, at least.

We the fans know that we got a very cool captain. We have always seen in recent past that Indians are nervous starters on a foreign tour. Not only that against South Africa at home too, they lost first tests twice and able to come back. Yes, we have some injuries to worry about, but the cool captain at helm with world’s strongest batting line up, and with our support till the series is decided, we can still win a test or two from here. Let the Englishmen do what they are known for, but before this series is decided there is no need to panic. We must be behind our team and cheer them up. We know we can’t go and play for them, it’s them who are going to play and win series for us.

ICC Greatest All Time Test XI Team

Posted by anccricket on July 20, 2011 at 2:07 AM Comments comments (0)

Four Indian cricketers, including batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar and 1983 World Cup-winning captain Kapil Dev, were on Monday named in the Greatest All Time Test XI chosen in an online poll.

The other two -- Sunil Gavaskar and Virender Sehwag -- beat a host of legendary cricketers to be named in the two openers' slot. They beat competition from the likes of Geoffrey Boycott, Jack Hobbs,Len Hutton, Hanif Mohammad and Herbert Sutcliffe.

Four Australians, two West Indians and one Pakistani also made it to Peoples' Dream XI as more than a quarter of million people voted on ICC's official website as part of the build-up to the England-India Test match at Lord's to celebrate the 2000th cricket Test.

Tendulkar occupied the number four batting spot, one slot down Australian legend Don Bradman and one above West Indian Brian Lara, who was chosen at number five. The trio beat the likes of Greg Chappell, Wally Hammond, George Headley, Javed Miandad, Graeme Pollock, Ricky Ponting and Vivian Richards.

Kapil was chosen as the lone all-rounder ahead of the likes of Ian Botham, Richard Hadlee, Jacques Kallis, Imran Khan, Gary Sobers and Frank Worrell.

Australian Adam Gilchrist won the poll for wicket-keeper by beating the likes of Mark Boucher, Jeff Dujon and Rod Marsh while Shane Warne got the nod of online voters ahead of the likes of India's Bishan Singh Bedi and Anil Kumble and Sri Lankan Muttiah Muralitharan.

Wasim Akram, Curtly Ambrose and Glenn McGrath were named in the three fast bowlers' slots. The likes of Michael Holding, Dennis Lillee, Malcolm Marshall and Courtney Walsh missed out.

ICC Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat said the enthusiasm shown by the fans by taking part in the online poll in huge numbers showed Test cricket's popularity.

"The huge interest generated during the past month was amazing as media and supporters worldwide speculated and then selected the fan's Greatest Test team of all time. It supports our view of the everlasting popularity of Test match cricket," he said.

"It would have been quite special to see this team take the field of play given the array of batting and bowling talent contained within the playing eleven.

"Selecting from such greats is no easy job, and not surprisingly, the selection mainly reflects modern players seen by present day supporters. There are many greats from the past who would have easily merited selection in this team, but it is nevertheless interesting to see the fans view on their greatest eleven of all time," he said.

Greatest All Time XI: Virender Sehwag, Sunil Gavaskar, Donald Bradman, Sachin Tendulkar, Brian Lara, Kapil Dev, Adam Gilchrist (wk), Shane Warne, Wasim Akram, Curtly Ambrose, Glenn McGrath.