Saturday, July 25, 2009

Dada's Second Innings As Captain

The former Indian skipper Saurav Ganguly is back as KolkataKnightRiders captain. After leading his side in the first edition of IPL, the prince of kolkata was controversially replaced by McCullum, the decision made by team's coach well known as "Bhookaa-Naan".He is now likely to lead his team KKR in the third edition of IPL.
Ganguly met his team owner in England when he was there to watch ICC T20 WorldCup, they discussed about the captaincy issue as well as appointing a new coach.
"Ganguly and ShahRukh Khan had a discussion about this when the left-hander was in London last week. They have agreed in priniciple that Ganguly will lead the side," the source said."There were also discussions about the possible coaches. Wright and Bevan are the front runners. It is up to Shah Rukh to take the final call."

The decision is more likely to come about as the eligible candidates for captaincy- Ricky Ponting and McCullum will be busy with the national duty during the IPL 2010.

CLT20 Venues Decided


The venues for the inaugural Champions League T20 has been decided. The ICC decided to host all the 23 matches of first edition of the inaugural tournament in Hyderabad, Bengaluru and Delhi. The tournament is scheduled to kick-off from October 8 to 23 and will feature 12 teams.
The teams that are eligible to play the tournament are the IPL 2009 winners Deccan Chargers, losing finalist Royal Challengers Bangalore and Delhi ,which stood third on the leaderboard of IPL 2009.
The other teams include Victorian Bushrangers and New South Wales Blues from Australia, Cape Cobras and Diamond Eagles from South Africa, Otago Volts from New Zealand, Trinidad and Tobago from West Indies, Wayamba from Sri Lanka and England's Twenty20 Cup finalists will be decided on August 25, 2009.
The teams willl be divided into four groups of three each.The top two teams from each group will be selected for the second stage and top four teams from second stage will make it to semis.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

WC 2011 Logo Unveiled


The ICC cricket world cup 2011 logo was unveiled yesterday in Mumbai. Designed by Australian creative firm Witekite, the logo is intended to reflect the spirit of cricket in the hosting nations India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Srilanka.
The unveiling was attended by some senior officials and some of the cricketing legends Micheal Bevan, Aravinda de Silva, Clive Lloyd, who led the West Indies to victory in the first two editions in 1975 and 1979, Dilip Vengsarkar and Balwinder Singh Sandhu.

The event logo story - a celebration of cricket

The crowd is part of the action, hands up and cheering and shouting for their heroes. The circular shape makes a cricket ball hurtling down the pitch, seam up. Different player silhouettes and the crowd form a pattern around the seam.

The green seam indicates the one day ball and the green of the pitch and ground. The players and crowd surround this with motion and activity. The colours and figures on each side of the ball represent the event host nations coming together along with the world of cricket.

The colour and movement creates a festival, players and fans coming together from around the world to celebrate cricket in the sub-continent.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

IPL Among Top 10 In The World!


The famous SportsPro magazine in its july issue had published the Top 200 world's valuable sporting properties. The youngest among the list is IPL which is a 2 year old event is unbelivelbily ranked 6th in th list, worth $ 1.6 billion. Unsurprisingly the FIFA world cup occcupies  5th position with a value of $ 1.7 billion. Being just 1 position down to FIFA world cup is a very big achievement for IPL.

The top four places are filled by the American sporting properties:

National Football League (NFL) at $ 4.5 billion. It is followed by Major League Baseball (MLB) at $  3.9 billion, the National Basketball Association (NBA) at $ 3.35 billion and Nascar stock car racing at $ 1.9 billion.

The Ferrari Formula One team (7th) at a value of $ 1.55 billion is followed by Manchester United Football Club (8th) at $ 1.495 billion. Dallas Cowboys (10th), with the NFL team valued at $ 1.278 billion.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Champions Or Chumpions!

Yesterday's match with England is end of saga depicting India to win their second title.
The whole nation is disappointed by the performance of the team especially the poor form of skipper MSD.
Here are the reasons I feel why India lost the match:

1. Miserable batting by Jadeja, who scored 25 off 35 balls which is not desired strike-rate in T-20 format.But you dont expect a new player like him to shine in his first match, that too in the situation of do or die

2. With 9 required of 2 balls and lethal Yousuf on strike, Indian fans still had a hope that India would make it, untill Dhoni commited a big blunder. Dhoni was supposed to take 2 runs when Yousuf hit the ball for straight drive, instead Dhoni restricted Yousuf to take just 1 run, which changed the whole scenario of the game. This is not the first blunder done by the Indian skipper, earlier in the last match against WI Dhoni failed to hit the stumps even when the ball was quite comfortably in his hand to runout Bravo , which cost him heavily.

3. Dhoni has to be blamed for other reason also. When Dhoni came on to the crease at the last 6 overs India required runs at a rate of 12 per over. Slowly as the match progressed to the last 3 overs and India required runrate of over 13 Dhoni was still seen defencing the ball just for 1 run. don't expect any batsmens to play a defence at the last overs fo the T-20 format. This shows Dhoni's ability to play in the tense situations. Surely he is not a match winner.

4. Poor fielding by Yuvraj in the last over of England's innings gifted 4 runs t England.

One thing is for sure, nothing went well for Dhoni throughout the tournaments.
There is also smell of rumour that most of the Indian players where not happy with the behaviour of the skipper.

Friday, June 5, 2009

Can India Retain Their Title


No doubt India is a strong contender for the ICC T-20 champion title,thanks to the board tournament IPL which had made the players to cope up easily with this short format of the game.
If India retain their title the lion's share credit will be given to the IPL also if India fails to retain their title,the loss may be responsible because of IPL.In other words IPL can have a negative impact as well as positive impact. know the +ve impact and coming to -ve impact,the players seems to be very tired after playing game continously for a long time,it has even made some players injury pron.

Its upto the players what impact they make out of IPL.

Sunday, May 31, 2009

ICC T20 Fixtures


Jun 05 22:00 IST Lord's, London
Match 1
England v Netherlands

Jun 06 14:30 IST Kennington Oval (The Oval), London
Match 2
New Zealand v Scotland

Jun 06 18:30 IST Kennington Oval (The Oval), London
Match 3
Australia v West Indies

Jun 06 22:30 IST Trent Bridge, Nottingham
Match 4
India v Bangladesh

Jun 07 18:00 IST Kennington Oval (The Oval), London
Match 5
South Africa v Scotland

Jun 07 22:00 IST Kennington Oval (The Oval), London
Match 6
England v Pakistan

Jun 08 18:00 IST Trent Bridge, Nottingham
Match 7
Ireland v Bangladesh

Jun 08 22:00 IST Trent Bridge, Nottingham
Match 8
Australia v Sri Lanka

Jun 09 18:00 IST Lord's, London
Match 9
Pakistan v Netherlands

Jun 09 22:00 IST Lord's, London
Match 10
New Zealand v South Africa

Jun 10 18:00 IST Trent Bridge, Nottingham
Match 11
Sri Lanka v West Indies

Jun 10 22:00 IST Trent Bridge, Nottingham
Match 12
India v Ireland

Jun 11 18:00 IST Trent Bridge, Nottingham
Match 13
D1 v A2

Jun 11 22:00 IST Trent Bridge, Nottingham
Match 14
B2 v D2

Jun 12 18:00 IST Lord's, London
Match 15
B1 v C2

Jun 12 22:00 IST Lord's, London
Match 16
A1 v C1

Jun 13 18:00 IST Kennington Oval (The Oval), London
Match 17
C1 v D2

Jun 13 22:00 IST Kennington Oval (The Oval), London
Match 18
D1 v B1

Jun 14 18:00 IST Lord's, London
Match 19
A2 v C2

Jun 14 22:00 IST Lord's, London
Match 20
A1 v B2

Jun 15 18:00 IST Kennington Oval (The Oval), London
Match 21
B1 v A2

Jun 15 22:00 IST Kennington Oval (The Oval), London
Match 22
B2 v C1

Jun 16 18:00 IST Trent Bridge, Nottingham
Match 23
D1 v C2

Jun 16 22:00 IST Trent Bridge, Nottingham
Match 24
D2 v A1
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